ADMINISTRIVIA: Need a new category … …

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This week end convinced me that I need a new category for the blog … …

… heard two pieces of well meeting advice over the weekend …

“Widowers should make no significant changes in their life for five years”

and

“Don’t dispose of anything for a year” (Again?)

Both took my breath away.

I’m violating both. (Almost unthinkingly!)

That seems to ensure being frozen like a stone.

I met one fellow widowee (is that such a word?) who has much bigger problems than I have. That family hasn’t organized to help her. Maybe it’s not obvious that she needs it. Sigh.

All one can do is try to put one foot in front of the other.

This last week, it felt like in the battle of “Reinke Faces Life”, life won and was running up the score.

The only sensible suggestion was that “it’s only been three months and eventually people won’t mention it”. Three months! At the same time it feels like yday and three eons. Like Lot’s wife frozen in salt, I’m awakened from a forty year perfect dream to find the ugly truth. Alone and unhappy.

I’m not sure what to title this new category: <synonym for excrement>, <synonym for the act of procreation>, and other profanities come to mind. Your suggestions are welcome.

Why is every other commercial for a dating site? Alternating with a dieting site?

Why don’t supermarkets have single cuts of meat like one pork chop?

Why doesn’t life come with operating instructions?

Why?

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INTERESTING: You better be “homeschooling”

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

http://thesurvivalmom.com/2011/05/18/my-top-16-tips-for-beginning-homeschoolers/

My top 16 tips for beginning homeschoolers

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Taking on the education of your children is a daunting task, and most of us need simple baby steps to get started. Here are a few that have worked for me and other homeschooling families.

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I wonder if parents and students realize that they are “home school ers” by definition?

As a fat old white guy injineer, I judge processes by their output. (By their fruit, ye shall know them.) I’d call “schooling” a defective process both on a basis of statistics about the output and anecdotally by talking to young people who’ve “graduated”.

Ever talk to one of these exemplars?

Can they match up in the world? With their elders? With historical evidence?

Nah, not even close!

So, if parents and students do NOT realize that they are getting a sub-standard education, then they are NOT going to realize that they need to supplement.

Those, that do realize, are running around doing “enrichment”.

Karate, dance, and a myriad of other activities are filling that need.

So parents, who love their children, better be “homeschooling”.

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POLITICAL: Obamacare is a disaster inbound

Monday, May 30, 2011

More Solid Proof That Obamacare Is Working

blogs.forbes.com

Recent data provided by the nation’s largest health insurance companies reveals that a provision of the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – is bringing big numbers of the uninsured into the health care insurance system. And they are precisely the uninsured that we want– the young people who tend no

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I suggest my fellow Jasper that she look into all the waivers being granted and to whom they are being issued. And, brush up on Ekkynomcs, when payment is distanced from service, then all sorts of problems arise. We see some problems now and Obamacare will make more and different ones. Rationing will be the least of them. Look at VA care, Indian Care, and Walter Reed for some real life “road tests”. Argh!

And, it really hasn’t even started yet — ten years of taxation for six years of benefits AND stuff doesn’t kick in for years.

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QUOTE: Money is communication

Monday, May 30, 2011

“Money, first and foremost, is a medium of communication, conveying the vital information economists call “price”. Government control of the money supply is censorship, a violation of the First Amendment. Inflation is a lie.” — L. Neil Smith

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VETERANS: Memorial Day?

Monday, May 30, 2011

http://www.keywestlou.com/2011/05/weather-comment-again-absolutely.html

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A United States submarine lost during World War II was discovered this week. Ten miles off Key West in 600 feet of water. It was the USS R-12. The submarine was of World War I vintage still in use during World War II. It went down on July 12, 1943. Sank in 15 minutes. Forty two lives lost.

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Memorial Day is, or at least was, supposed to be about vets who didn’t come home.

Instead it’s become a time for sales, barbecues, and vacations. Rowdy weekends at the shore for kids.

An excuse for chicken hawk politicians to parade their “patriotism”. Easy to make speeches when it’s not your ass being shot at. Let’s send the politicians to the front for the duration of every war they start. No more sending other people’s kids. You want a war, you lead it.

Like that’s ever going to happen.

When did generals stop leading form the front?

Here’s a story of 42 men in WW2. 66 years later.

That’s what Memorial Day is supposed to be about.

On Tuesday, contact your congress critter, ask them what they did on Memorial Day and when are we bringing all the youngsters home from all the wars we are fighting. Tell him that you’ll remember that answer in November.

I blame the women for all this war. Yup, ever since they were given the vote, they haven’t been using it wisely. That’s why we got Prohibition and Organized Crime. And, why don’t we have a representative number of women in Congress?

And, my best argument.

“Yes, when we get out of here. We’re going to have to fix that. You know we control something that can get it done. Not the ballot box, but the other box. (A giant sucking sound as pure Miss Marie used that very rude idiom.) We can end war.” — character “Marie” being anti-war in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 262

And, a little later down the page, more bluntly:

“Yes, Miss Marie. Thank you, Miss Marie. You’re my hero.” “Isn’t it heroine?” “No, Miss Marie, in our new world run by women, there will be no sex discrimination. We control the box.” With no hint of self- consciousness or shame. “Dear, that’s not a nice way to say it. And, box is very crude. I’m sorry I used it but I was … incensed that war should happen. Maybe you could say ‘we control the future generations’?” “OK, but those balls will be blue before I let my man start another war.” Knowing she’d done all she could, Marie said, “When this is all over, we should talk my dear. We should really talk. Now away with you. Carefully mind you.” — character “Abigail” declares peace to character “Marie” being anti-war in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 262

Let’s stop this nonsense before next Memorial Day!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Church fined for excessive tree pruning

Sunday, May 29, 2011

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/05/28/2333197/church-fined-for-improper-tree.html

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning
By Brittany Penland Correspondent
Posted: Saturday, May. 28, 2011

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Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.

But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.

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“The purpose of the tree ordinance is to protect trees,” Johnson said. “Charlotte has always been known as the city of trees. When we take down trees, we need to replace these trees.”

Individuals who would like to trim their trees should call the city foresters to receive a free permit to conduct the landscape work.

Foresters will then meet with the person receiving the permit and give instructions on how to properly trim their trees, Johnson said.

The state Division of Forestry recommends that anyone trimming trees should be certified by the National Horticulture Board, but certification is not required to receive a permit.

On private property, fine amounts are based on the size of the tree improperly pruned. For small trees such as cherry trees or crape myrtles, the fine is $75 per tree. Excessive cutting can increase that fine to $100 per branch.

For large trees such as oaks or maples, the fine is $150 per tree.

Because there is a widespread lack of understanding on how to prune crape myrtles in the Charlotte area, Johnson said, residents found in violation regarding these trees are asked to simply replace them, and the fine will be lifted.

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Guess down in North Carolina, they never heard of the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. Popularly, know as Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Harassment, and Freedom from Takings.

I know what needs “pruning” in Charlotte — Gooferment.

You have to be kidding me!

Argh!

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SERVICE: ITUNESU is a treasure chest

Sunday, May 29, 2011

http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/whats-on.html

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More than 800 universities have active iTunes U sites. About half of these institutions — including Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, and UC Berkeley — distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store.

In the Beyond Campus section of iTunes U, students and faculty can access a wealth of content from distinguished entities such as MoMA, the New York Public Library, Public Radio International, and PBS stations.

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Stunning! 350,000 HOURS of lecture.

I’m doing a Yale University course now.

Did I mention “free”?

Yeah, you need a computer and an inet connect. That’s not free.

But ITUNES that “delivers” it is free.

It’s amazing.

Colleges and universities are in big trouble.

As are all Gooferment Skrules!

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