INSPIRATIONAL: Tourists self-organize a rescue

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10374431/Philippines-beachgoers-form-human-chain-rescue-drowning-tourist-choppy-seas-Video.html

Moment beachgoers form a human chain to rescue drowning tourist from choppy seas in the Philippines

  • A man in his 20s was caught in a powerful tide on Binmaley beach on January 1
  • Revellers celebrating the New Year formed a human chain to rescue the man
  • The man was pulled to safety and was declared healthy by medics on the beach 

By CHAY QUINN FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 04:32 EST, 6 January 2022 | UPDATED: 08:05 EST, 6 January 2022

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This is the heroic moment beachgoers formed a human chain to save a tourist drowning in the sea in the Philippines.

The man in his mid-20s was playing in the waist-deep water when he was knocked over by the powerful waves on the Binmaley beach in Pangasinan province as holidaymakers were celebrating the New Year on January 1.

Onlookers heard his cries for help and immediately banded together to reach the drowning man, who was struggling to stay afloat because of powerful tides.

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Wow, what a powerful example of spontaneous cooperation.

Safe a life; save the world.

No Gooferment; no politicians and bureaucrats, just good people reacting quickly.

Impressive!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Truckers ‘boycotting’ Colorado 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10326835/Truckers-threathen-boycott-drivers-110-year-sentence.html

Moment long line truckers ‘boycott’ Colorado over the state’s 110-year sentence for driver who caused fatal accident: Petition to grant clemency attracts 4MILLION signatures

  • A petition to grant clemency to the driver of an 18-wheeler jailed for 110 years in prison for killing four people has garnered 4 million signatures on Change.org
  • According to TikTok videos, fellow drivers are now refusing to enter the state as a way to denounce the sentence they’ve deemed harsh and unfair 
  • Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was sentenced to 110 consecutive years in prison for a fiery crash in 2019 that killed four people 
  • He was driving a semi-truck at 85mph down I-70 in Lakewood, Colorado on April 25, 2019 when he crashed into two dozen vehicles stuck in rush hour traffic
  • The impact of the crash caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people and injured six others
  • Aguilera-Mederos claimed his brakes failed, but prosecutors said he should have used a runaway truck ramp miles before the scene of the crash
  • He was found guilty in October of 27 criminal charges

By ANDREA BLANCO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 18:10 EST, 19 December 2021 | UPDATED: 18:23 EST, 19 December 2021

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Viral TikTok videos claim to show a long line of trucks who are ‘boycotting’ Colorado by driving round it and refusing to enter the state over the 110-year jail sentence of a fellow driver who caused a huge crash that killed four on a Colorado interstate.

Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, was driving a semi on April 25, 2019 down Interstate 70 in Lakewood, Colorado, when he crashed into two dozen vehicles – including four other semi-trucks stuck in rush-hour traffic. The impact caused a fireball explosion that incinerated cars and trucks and killed four people.

According to TikTok videos, fellow drivers are now refusing to enter the state as a way to denounce the sentence they’ve deemed harsh and unfair.

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Here’s an alternative to “jury nullification”.

Wonder how long before Colorado folds?

I bet it’s less than a week.  Imagine gas stations with no gas or food stores with no deliveries.

And, I would want to be a driver that crossed their picket line. 

Last time I remember anything this big was when the movie Convoy made a laughing stock of all the police that hassled truckers with lame tickets.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Missed shots and accepting criticism

https://www.positivityblog.com/keep-your-head-up-quotes/?utm_source=pocket_mylist

83 Keep Your Head Up Quotes (+ My 3 Favorite Tips for Tough Times)
By Henrik Edberg Updated October 29, 2021 

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Sometimes life is simply tough. And it is hard to stay motivated and to keep a positive mindset.

So in the first part of today’s post I’d like to share 83 of the most powerful quotes that will help you to keep your head up, reload your motivation and to keep going even through difficult days.

And in the second part I’m going to share 3 of my favorite tips that have helped me many times through dark or uncertain times.

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

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2. Learn from criticism but remember that all criticism you get is not about you.

When you get criticized, don’t just dismiss it. Instead, first ask yourself questions like:

  • Can I learn something from this piece of criticism?
  • Is there perhaps actually something here that I may not want to hear but that could help me to improve?
  • Remain clear-headed, open and take a couple of minutes to figure out if there is something here that can help you.

But also keep in mind that all criticism you get will not be helpful. And some of what people may tell you are simply attacks.

What can you do then?

Well, what works for me is to kindly remind myself that criticism isn’t always about me.

Because in real life people will have a bad day or month. Some will – at least at this point in time – hate some part of their life or not be well.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that from Halloween to Saint Patrick’s Day is my “blue period”.  Too many reminders of sad date, “celebrations”, and past mistakes.

I learned from my sainted Mother to forgive myself of all my sins of omission and commission after a year.  On her deathbed after 6 decades, she still was regretting who she picked as my father.  Little did she know that she had caused me to formulate a heuristic (a big word for “rule of thumb” or approximation), “Less than a year, it’s a mistake; more than a tear, it’s a lesson”.  Still in all it’s hard for me to believe that I was that stupid, made that many mistakes, and | or missed so many opportunities.

Well here’s a good quote and a great tactic.  Maybe you can teach old dog’s new tricks.

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INSPIRATIONAL: A neighbor became suspicious … …

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10158881/Cleo-Smith-WA-police-reveal-forensic-leads-led-officers-Carnarvon-house.html

What led detectives to Cleo Smith: Police reveal a tip-off and ‘needle in a haystack’ forensic clues led officers to house where she was found

  • Tip-off and forensic clues led detectives to Cleo inside a locked suburban house
  • Police found four-year-old about 1am Wednesday after breaking into property 
  • WA top police officer said a ‘needle in haystack’ clue emerged late on Tuesday
  • Ultimately police tip-off led officers to Carnarvon house on Wednesday morning

By CHARLIE COË FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 21:36 EDT, 2 November 2021 | UPDATED: 21:54 EDT, 2 November 2021

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A neighbour told Australia’s Seven News they became suspicious after seeing the arrested man buying nappies from a supermarket.

‘The other day, like, I think it was Monday, we saw him in Woolworths buying nappies but we didn’t click on who it was or what he was buying them for,’ she said. ‘Until now.’

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Good work by all involved.  Especially the neighbor who noticed the unusual purchase.

An alert citizenry is the best “first responder”.

I wonder when the forensics were that are being held “close to the vest”?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Listening to a John Denver album … and feeling OLD!

Wonder if PTSD can be triggered by music?

“I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have her. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in “Cast Away” (2000)

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INSPIRATIONAL: Why do politicians get credit for things they didn’t do?

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2021/05/17/things-i-wonder-about-things-i-do-and-some-random-links-ive-collected-lately-with-an-emphasis-on-weirdness/

Things I wonder about, things I do, and some random links I’ve collected lately (with an emphasis on weirdness)
Published May 17, 2021 10:54 am by Claire
AKA “A Monday Ramble.”

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Why do politicians and social movements get credit for things they didn’t do?

“FDR ended the Depression.” (Yeah, only eight+ years into his administration, and then with a war and new forms of privation.)

“Street protests ended the Vietnam war.” (Lessee: Begun in 1964, 1968 was their biggest year, U.S. didn’t get out of Vietnam until 1975. Nope.)

“Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves.” (Only if you believe we really had to be the only nation on earth to conduct a bloody war to do what the entire civilized world was already coming around to; only if you believe the Emancipation Proclamation was anything other than a PR gesture meant to undermine the South’s war effort; only if you pretend not to notice that Lincoln continued to preside over four slave states himself and excluded them from the so-called emancipation.)

And once established, these gigantic urban myths never seem to get debunked.

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Because he who writes the history books gets to control the “narrative”.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Judge Judy for SCOTUS

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/judge-sheindlin-ending-judge-judy-1234950880/

Judy Sheindlin on Ending ‘Judge Judy,’ Her New Show and the Legal System’s Biggest Flaw

  • After 25 years, television’s highest-paid host — and The Hollywood Reporter’s Unscripted TV Player of the Year — is walking away from the show that made her an icon, but she has no plans to put the gavel down anytime soon with ‘Judy Justice’ in the works for IMDb TV.

BY MIKEY O’CONNELL 
MAY 13, 2021

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As someone who’s openly defied the “PC police” throughout her career, what is your take on the trend of people being shamed for past comments?

If you’re a bad person, if you’ve done something wrong, you’ve got to be prepared to pay the piper. And there are people who have done just that. They’ve paid the price with their good name, their footprint. That’s a good thing. But to have a fear of speaking your opinion, for fear of being put on somebody’s list and canceled? It’s a frightening place for America to be. And you’re right. I’m not a big fan of the PC police. Is it PC to say to people who are 19 or 23 years old, have no job, no prospects and six children, “Find something else to do with that organ”? No. But where I come from, I’ve seen the ravages of that kind of neglect.

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I like her no BS attitude.  Other than faulting her back of Bloomberg, which she was well within her rights to do, I can’t remember when I found her “disagreeable”.

Maybe she and I could get along.

Laugh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: No good deed?

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2021/05/11/consequences-2/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FutilityCloset+%28Futility+Closet%29

Dutch Anabaptist Dirk Willems had made good his escape from prison in 1569 when a pursuing guard fell through the ice of a frozen pond and called for help.

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INSPIRATIONAL: In a negative way, resist the WuFlu propaganda

https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/top-10-absurdities-covid-pandemic-so-far?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+zerohedge%2Ffeed+%28zero+hedge+-+on+a+long+enough+timeline%2C+the+survival+rate+for+everyone+drops+to+zero%29

The Top 10 Absurdities Of The COVID Pandemic… So Far
BY TYLER DURDEN
SATURDAY, MAY 08, 2021 – 09:20 AM
Authored by PF Whalen via TheBlueStateConservative.com,

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#10 – One-way traffic rules in supermarket aisles –
#9 – COVID is Trump’s fault –
#8 – Teachers can’t go back to work, but everyone else can –
#7 – It was xenophobic for Trump to halt travel from China  –
#6 – Fifteen days to slow the spread  –
#5 – President Joe Biden: “Help is on the way” –
#4 – The response by The World Health Organization –
#3 – Blue states did it better –
#2 – Get the vaccine, but keep doing all of the other stuff  
#1 – Wear two masks  –

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Absolutely absurd.

Perhaps this will lead people to find a free market solution to education.

It’s hard to believe that there is NOT a better way.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Violence at Home Signal for Help

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Signal_for_Help

Did you know? – source Wikipedia 

The Signal for Help (or the Violence at Home Signal for Help)
is a single-handed gesture that can be used by an individual to alert others that
they feel threatened and need help over a video call, or in-person. It was originally
created as a tool to combat the rise in domestic violence cases around the world
as a result of the self-isolation measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The signal is performed by holding your hand up with your
thumb tucked into your palm, then folding your fingers down, symbolically
trapping your thumb in your fingers. It was intentionally designed as a single
continuous hand movement, rather than a sign held in one position, that could be
made easily visible.

The Signal for Help was first introduced in Canada by the Canadian
Women’s Foundation and in the United States by the Women’s Funding Network
(WFN) in April 2020. It received widespread praise from local, national, and
international news organizations for helping provide a modern solution to the issue
of a rise in domestic violence cases. The signal has been recognized by over 40
organizations across Canada and the United States as a useful tool to help
combat domestic violence.

Addressing concerns that abusers may become aware of such a
widespread online initiative, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and other
organizations clarified that this signal is not “something that’s going to
save the day,” but rather a tool someone could use to get help.
Instructions for what to do if an individual sees the signal, and how to
check-in safely, were also created.

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I never heard of this.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Where the WuFlu is concerned, we all should question every hypothesis with integrity

https://www.reddit.com/r/YouShouldKnow/comments/mnvm6n/ysk_everyone_can_be_a_scientist/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3

Posted byu/GRantedblock14 

YSK: Everyone can be a scientist

Why YSK: Getting an advanced degree in a scientific discipline does not automatically make one a scientist, nor does the absence of such a degree exclude one from making significant contributions to science.

When new evidence demands it, a scientist must be able to question every hypothesis. A scientist’s acceptance of idea must be based on measurable, repeatable findings, which the scientist must disclose with total integrity.

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Where the WuFlu is concerned, we all should question every hypothesis.

And the integrity of EVERY politician and bureaucrat who pontificates about it!

Masks?  Rejected — just like chain link fences can keep out mosquitos.

Lockdowns?  Rejected — Stupidly delaying the onset of herd immunity.

RNA “vaccines”?  Rejected — Absurdly untested genetic engineering.

“Vaccines”? Rejected — these are NOT what we know as vaccines.

Mask compliance? Rejected — it is about “control”; not health.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: How little we know!

A New Force of Nature

An experiment two decades in the making has provided strong evidence that the current theory describing the universe’s fundamental forces is incomplete, suggesting the existence of a fifth force currently unknown to science. 

The experiments, carried out at Illinois’ Fermilab, focused on subatomic particles known as muons—basically fat but short-lived electrons. Magnetic measurementsconfirmed, with much higher precision, tantalizing previous 2001 results that the particles’ properties deviate slightly from theoretical predictions. Scientists think the anomaly may come from an unknown interaction with the quantum foam—a sea of virtual particles perpetually popping in and out of existence. 

The chance of a fluke was calculated at around 0.0025%. If correct, the finding may suggest physics beyond the Standard Model—the theoretical framework that describes all known elementary particles but still faces a number of challenges (like explaining gravity). 

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More evidence that humans know so little.

Maybe that should be the new norm for a know it all like me — muon — as in “Mooo on you dumb cow”.   Actually cows are probably smarter.

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INSPIRATIONAL: “… … most white people and ​b​lack people are awesome people”

https://nypost.com/2021/04/05/charles-barkley-rips-politicians-for-stirring-racial-division/

Ex-NBA star Charles Barkley rips politicians for creating racial division
By Mark Moore
April 5, 2021

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“​I truly believe in my heart most white people and ​b​lack people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got ​the ​money, let’s make the whites and ​b​lacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.’ I truly believe that in my heart​,” he continued. ​

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Man, I love this guy.

Every time, I hear one of his pronouncements I am astonished at how much I agree with him.

If he runs for office, then I’ll vote for him.

At least, he has common sense and a good heart.

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INSPIRATIONAL: Universal Laws of Human Stupidity

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-five-universal-laws-of-human-stupidity

POCKET WORTHYStories to fuel your mind.
The Five Universal Laws of Human Stupidity
We underestimate the stupid, and we do so at our own peril.
QuartzCorinne Purtill

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Law 1: Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

Law 2: The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person.

Law 3. A stupid person is a person who causes losses to another person or to a group of persons while himself deriving no gain and even possibly incurring losses.

Law 4: Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid individuals. In particular non-stupid people constantly forget that at all times and places and under any circumstances to deal and/or associate with stupid people always turns out to be a costly mistake.

Law 5: A stupid person is the most dangerous type of person.

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This explains how some “smart” people can be so “stupid”.

Wonder where I fall in this spectrum?

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INSPIRATIONAL: We know so little about the wisdom of the ancestors

https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/antikythera-mechanism

Ancient computer found in shipwreck decoded by scientists
A new model of the Antikythera mechanism reveals a “creation of genius.”
KRISTIN HOUSER
28 March, 2021

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Today, if you want to know when the next solar eclipse is going to be, you turn to Google. If you lived in ancient Greece, though, you might have used a device now known as the Antikythera mechanism.

Considered the world’s first analog computer, this marvel of ancient engineering used dozens of bronze gears to predict the positions of the Moon, Sun, and five planets, as well as the timing of solar and lunar eclipses.

Divers discovered the Antikythera mechanism while exploring a Roman-era shipwreck in 1901, but the ancient computer was in far from pristine condition—only about a third of it had survived the 2,000 years underwater.

Researchers have been trying to understand how the Antikythera mechanism worked ever since—and now, a team from University College London (UCL) may have finally cracked its code.

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“The classic astronomy of the first millennium BC originated in Babylon,” researcher Aris Dacanalis said, “but nothing in this astronomy suggested how the ancient Greeks found the highly accurate 462-year cycle for Venus and 442-year cycle for Saturn.”

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What we think of “history” is really just a jumble of maybes.

The further back we go in time — don’t forget those 300 years that may not exist — the less we “know” about these people.

Look at Oak Island, and that is another “wake up call”.

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INSPIRATIONAL: That poor skunk! Is us like us humans today?

https://ritholtz.com/2021/03/transcript-william-j-bernstein/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBigPicture+%28The+Big+Picture%29

Transcript: William J. Bernstein
March 7, 2021 12:00pm by Barry Ritholtz
The transcript from this week’s, MiB: Bill Bernstein on the Delusions Of Crowds, is below.

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BERNSTEIN: So we have this evolutionary drive, that let me we lead this to over interpret things and the analogy I think that is best is that you know if you’re a skunk millions of years of evolution have told you that when you meet a large predator, you turn 180 degrees, lift your tail and spray.

And that’s you know, very, very functional and very useful in a state of nature. But in a semi urban environment where the biggest threat to your existence is a hunk of steel weighing two tons moving at 60 miles an hour, that is not a functional response and unfortunately that’s the world we live in today.

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Somehow I feel that “We, The Sheeple” are like that poor skunk being unable to adapt to the politicians and bureaucrats taking control of life.

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: African grey parrots are “charitable”?

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/parrots-share-currency-help-their-pals-purchase-food-180973917/

Researchers taught African grey parrots to buy food using tokens. They were then paired up, one parrot given ten tokens and the other none. Without any incentive for sharing, parrots with tokens started to give some to their broke partners so that everyone could eat.

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Wow!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Think of “Big Pizza” hanging up the phones … …

https://ritholtz.com/2021/03/the-landscape

The Landscape
March 7, 2021 10:00am by Bob Lefsetz

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COMPLAINTS

Go nowhere today. They’re forgotten. And oftentimes there’s not even anyone to complain to, try tweeting Apple, it cannot be done! Your goal is to improve your own little life. You need to seek out your own answers. Google is your friend. When you don’t know something, immediately go to Google, don’t ask the purveyor, you just look dumb, they put in the effort, why can’t you? Same deal with tech help. Figure it out yourself, once again Google is your friend. This is a huge sea change between the past and the present and future, between the young and the old. If you need to call someone to fix your problem, forget it, you’re already history. If you’re complaining your product didn’t last, you’re forgetting that if it was available at all, in the past it was ten times the price and it doesn’t pay to repair it.

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I think this bit of realization is earth-shaking.

When I reflect on my efforts this week, I recognize this wisdom in my interactions:

  • Trying to get a vax appointment for an 81 year old with health problems is a giant waste of time.  And, the frustration of hearing that a healthy 21 year old girl got one with ease just sends me into a spiral.
  • Attempting to get my mortgage paid automagically from my bank into my credit union led to an inane email response from my credit union which was just a cut ’n’ paste from their help screen.
  • My ongoing fight about some doors with transparent “opaque” doors continues with a letter from my credit card company asking for more details. Argh!
  • My car tire has a slow leak that the dealer has “fixed” at least twice.  This morning the tire is nearly flat. I can’t just put air in it; it’s nitrogen.
  • Recently I showed up for an MRI, only to find out I need to prep for it.  No one eve mentioned that fact, but I did get two tests and two emails about Covid safety. Argh!
  • I got a bill for a recent ER visit.  What little that was itemized was for labs.  You know the ones that I asked for copies before I left the ER, was promised, but never received. When I called about the bill, I was referred to another number.  Voice mail!
  • Don’t ask about my gal pal’s ongoing frustration with Optimum.

In short, this snippet is insightful.

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INSPIRATIONAL: One man competes with sex traffickers

https://whowhatwhy.org/2021/01/09/ex-monk-takes-on-the-thai-sex-mafia/

JANUARY 9, 2021 | EDWARD GIRARDET
EX-MONK TAKES ON THE THAI SEX MAFIA

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We have selected Hartanto Gunawan as one of our Global Genevans. These are inspired individuals whose work or legacies represent key issues ranging from human rights and humanitarian concern to health and climate change as embodied by the worldwide “international Geneva” community. Photo credit: Global Geneva

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Hartanto now lives and works out of Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, an early 19th century Buddhist enclave from the reign of Rama II, which is located in the Thong Buri district of Bangkok. Overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this is where in 2007 Hartanto established the Wat Arun Rajvararam Community Learning Centre (CLC) to train teenage high school graduates as nurse assistants. The one-year course is aimed at susceptible girls from poor families, but also orphans, who are the ones most likely to be taken by the traffickers.

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Hope he becomes even more successful in his mission.

Wish there was a way to contribute to his efforts.

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INSPIRATIONAL: A lesson from a TV quiz show

The other day I was watching the end of the “Price Is Right” — yeah I know “vast wasteland” blah, blah, blah — and I forged myself a “moral lesson” out of it.  The one contestant won both showcases with a bid that was only off by 150$.  It’s a rare event when that happens.  And I immediately thought … … …

 

… … … if it was me, I’d have given the “loser” her showcase.

 

Maybe I’m naïve, but what a lesson in … … something … … “good karma”?

 

After all what does one need with TWO cars when you can spread such joy?

 

Guess I’m just naïve.

 

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INSPIRATIONAL: Groundhog Day — a deeply Catholic movie

https://sjatabletalk.typepad.com/my-blog/2014/01/movie-groundhog-day-a-deeply-catholic-movie.html

Jan 23, 2014
MOVIE | Groundhog Day (a deeply Catholic movie)

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Groundhog day with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell is on many peoples Top 10 favorite movies of all time.  But who knew that the movie has deep philosophical and Christian themes – in fact, it is a very Catholic. 

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The movie, the article went on to observe, “has become a curious favorite of religious leaders of many faiths, who all see inGroundhog Daya reflection of their own spiritual messages.” A professor at NYU shows it in her classes to illustrate the doctrine of samsara (the endless cycle of rebirth Buddhists seek to escape), while a rabbi in Greenwich Village sees the film as hinging on mitvahs (good deeds). Wiccans like it because February 2nd is one of the year’s four “great sabbats,” while the Falun Dafa sect uses the movie as a lesson in spiritual advancement.

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No secret this is my “favoritetist”movie.

The more the story unwound, the more engulfed I became.

I can see how it “grabbed” others.

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INSPIRATIONAL:Watch – Trump: Far-Left’s ‘Goal Is Not a Better America, Their Goal Is to End America’

Trump: Far-Left’s ‘Goal Is Not a Better America, Their Goal Is to End America’

Source: Watch – Trump: Far-Left’s ‘Goal Is Not a Better America, Their Goal Is to End America’

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I think he is correct about that!

That doesn’t make me “fan”.

But in the upcoming election — barring some “October Surprise”, I don’t see how anyone can NOT pick the lesser of two evils.

Sigh.

How about ranked choice voting?

While I’m wishing: term limits for politicians and bureaucrats!

Argh!

“We will not go quietly into the night!
We will not vanish without a fight!
We’re going to live on!
We’re going to survive!”
Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

https://www.americanrhetoric.com/MovieSpeeches/moviespeechindependenceday.html

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INSPIRATIONAL: Inside Japan’s Highly Effective Lost and Found System | Mental Floss

What prompts the Japanese to be so diligent in handing over items? Respect. Children are taught in school that returning belongings to police is part of their civic duty. It’s also law. The Amended Lost Property Act of 2007 mandates that lost items be turned over to authorities if the owner can’t be located. The same law also enforces a reward that’s a percentage of the value of the item if it’s reunited with its owner.

Source: Inside Japan’s Highly Effective Lost and Found System | Mental Floss

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WOW!  This is something that “we” should import to the USA.

“Finders keepers; losers weepers” is the paradigm for the USA.

(Wonder why this was never addressed in Catholic grammar school that I attended?  I remember other moral lessons.)

“Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

Perhaps it’s not to late to change that to Finders returners; losers grateful”?

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[Josh Blackman] The Houston Astros Cheating Scandal and Legal Education

Mike Barry , the Dean of the South Texas College of Law, sent an insightful message to the students and faculty concerning the Houston Astros cheating scandal . With his permission, I reproduce it here. — I long have been a fan of baseball.

Source: [Josh Blackman] The Houston Astros Cheating Scandal and Legal Education

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First, culture starts at the top. Many of you will run your own law firms. Others will rise to prominent positions in government, the judiciary, business, and the legal community. And, regardless of the role you find yourself in, you will be a leader for, at the very least, your clients and your staff. You will set the tone for those who work for you and who work with you.

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If the manager – their on-field leader – had told the players to stop, they would have done so.  When you are a leader, your action – or your inaction – speaks volumes.  What you tolerate, you teach.  What you condone, you own.  Every leader must set not only a culture of ethical conduct, but must identify and eliminate behavior that deviates from that standard.

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A wise admonition to all Information Technology executive, especially those in Information Security and Disaster Recovery.

I’ve worked in and gotten “downsized” for expressing a factual opinion that the top leadership was being mislead as to the organization’s capabilities — to resist being hacked, the capabilities / capacities of new systems, as well as the organization’s ability to recover from a catastrophic failure.

Sure, being downsized stung.  But I went to Catholic school, where I was taught a standard — would your Mother be proud of you for what you’ve done.

In my book, I observed that “Catholic school taught them that it was their obligation, and could even be a mortal sin, if you didn’t use all your talents to the greater glory of God.” — “Chapter Fifty — Samaritans going to Jericho / Monday November 5, 1962 – Church Day + 17 (continues)” CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 1 Page 296

Can’t say I’ve always met that standard, but I’d like to think, that more often than not, I did.

It seems that we’d have a much better world if politicians, bureaucrats, and everyone observed that.  John Wooden said: “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”

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INSPIRATIONAL: Seems like it always comes back to the same thing … … …

http://highexistence.com/self-help-minus-bullshit/

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1)  If you CONTROL YOUR MIND, you CONTROL YOUR LIFE.

This is the foundation of every success theory ever written. It’s the “eat healthier; exercise more” of self-help. It’s also where most people fail, because the mind is a fickle, petulant child that hates discipline. To clarify, “control your mind” means…

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Doesn’t it always?

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