03 July 2015

Article: Lynyrd Skynyrd and the culture wars

Popping up the 'scope for a quick looksee. Ah, the culture is smouldering.  We used to do a lot of politics here and trailed off.  Today, I'm posting three key articles on 1): What the hell is going on in the U.S.,  which prompts 2): Oh, political correctness.  Finally 3): What is cultural Marxism?

1. Please read about Lynyrd Skynyrd, the convenient distraction of the Confederate Flag from the rest of America's cultural conflagration ;in the Supreme Court.

 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-politics/11703283/Confederate-flag-is-a-symbol-of-Americas-culture-wars.html

"You grew up being taught to respect authority - and now the police and the military are increasingly coming under attack. Then-candidate Barack Obama mocked people who "cling to guns and religion". But you grew up around guns – both for hunting and protection. And you grew up attending church every Sunday. Now Christianity and guns are both under attack all of a sudden. Some are even suggesting Walmart shouldn't sell guns anymore."
Football - dangerous. Men = women as illustrated by Bruce Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair. The Justice Department wants people to use whichever restroom they feel their gender associates with on a given day. Health Care has been O-boweled, made unaffordable and is working to become the next U.K. or even Cuban system - foul, rife with hang-ups and bureau rats. Up is down, and someone putting in print that homosexuality is abnormal is grounds for destroying his reputation and livelihood.
2.  As discussed before, political correctness has been a deevolutionary force .

3. "What is Cultural Marxism?", another fine article by William S. Lind, explains its objective is:


"To criticize every traditional institution, starting with the family, brutally and unremittingly, in order to bring them down. It wrote a series of “studies in prejudice,” which said that anyone who believes in traditional Western culture is prejudiced, a “racist” or “sexist” of “fascist” - - and is also mentally ill."
So now, friends, I ask you, "What is your escape plan?"

27 May 2015

Untangling interconnected settings for Google, YouTube, Yahoo - privacy concerns still important

Interconnected settings for Google, YouTube, Yahoo are far from private

"Don't be evil."
- Google motto

Why is privacy important to people?
This is a kind of heady subject, too big to take on
in one fell swoop.  First, I've used YouTube for
years, to watch '80s music and other geeky stuff
that I'd rather not advertise publicly.

I'm not interested in sharing social media with
people in a non-anonymous manner.  I've read that
there is a not insignificant percentage of
relationships now left smouldering by Facebook. I've
experienced a bit of that personally. We value our
ability to manifest what represents us in the public
domain. The internet, social media in particular,
can make that very difficult - and we're not always
there to control the context - because context and
true meaning have become needlessly complex and
easily misinterpreted in these spheres. Before I
forget - couples should discuss and strongly
consider keeping their social media profiles
private. 

Me?  I've been in trouble numerous times:

- Deleting a public comment by a girlfriend that I
found embarrassing;
- Changing relationship "status", seen by all, when
it was not executed with Blue Angels level of
precision;
- and a few other faux pas, new and untested in the
pioneering of internet etiquette. 

Like the clothes we wear, it's nice to have control
over what we say to the world, and thus have a say
how we are perceived.  Now, consider the acquisition
of YouTube by Google, and the labyrinthine
engineering of options, and options on options,
settings on settings, to manage what is transmitted
about ourselves. Like I often say, "How many clicks,
how much digging does it take?" - to get the
simplest thing done?

Take a look at some people showing their
frustrations:

--------------------------------------------------
After setting my playlists to private,one of them is
still public. Why?

daev9814 said:
 YouTube's handling of playlist privacy is terrible.
Before the site got a makeover, my playlists were
private. After the makeover, they had been made
public. So I made them private - again. They were
still showing up in public search results when
searching for my username. So I deleted them
completely. They're STILL showing up in public
search results. What gives?
Gaiwa said:
Same problem here. If I change my viewlist/playliste
to private it shows them as private only in the
"Edit Playlist" Menu. If I save and go back to
"Manage my playlists" everything is public again.
The "Edit Playlist" for one single playlist always
shows me it is private (they all are supposed to
be), but is is not, it is public. I have no idea
what to change anymore....


Stacy:
My issue currently is that google+ for my business
page has linked and hijacked my old personal Youtube
account. So now my old youtube's name has changed to
my business google + page name and is connected to
the google+ business account so that the videos from
my personal and home subscriptions are showing on my
business page. How do I disconnect my youtube from
my Google+ and go back to my original Youtube
account name? I then need to create a separate
youtube (business) channel that I will connect to my
business google+. I cannot find out how to do this.
Google sends me to Youtube, youtube doesn't respond
to me and since this is my business, I need someone
to talk to asap.
PLEASE help
--------------------------------------------------

Today, while messing around with my Yahoo email, I found that it somehow sucked in my very arcane and unused YouTube email address; my Yahoo email is actually the login for my YouTube account; from my YouTube account, a Google+ account was created.  This is disturbing.  You can't manipulate one without being transferred in circles to another, and it's virtually impossible to adjust privacy settings (keeping video playlists private doesn't work, after a few hours of experimentation). I might just delete it all.

There's nothing inherently embarrassing about the playlists I've made; but I made them for me, and not for the world.  I'd still like to have some say in the Information Age what I say about me.

12 May 2015

QOTD

“Time weighs down on you like an old, ambiguous dream. You keep on moving, trying to slip through it. But even if you go to the ends of the earth, you won’t be able to escape it. Still, you have to go there – to the edge of the world. There’s something you can’t do unless you get there.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


"Everyone makes mistakes, that's human.  If there's a hot burner, and you touch it twice, you're a dumba**."

"Adapt and overcome."

- Unknown

10 April 2015

L.A. Times immigration article is classic example of modern journalistic demagoguery

The article: "Kern County sheriff a defiant California maverick on immigration" by Kate Linthicum, published April 9, 2015.

http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-kern-sheriff-20150410-story.html#page=2


So he's a maverick.  Is that good or bad?  Does the media take an implicit role in normalizing illegal activity and the Malthusian issue of illegal immigration?  Well, assuming you'll have to read through to find out, the author will have achieved her objective of planting her liberal seed unless you maintain a critical eye - something that the media relies on you NOT to do, and what I estimate 3/4 of the U.S. population doesn't care about anyway.

In the above linked article, a California sheriff retains his prerogative in areas where state and federal laws don't mesh on the deportation of illegal aliens, and the journalist ends her article with this quote:
"If everybody thought the same, this would be a pretty boring place," Youngblood said. "This is where I learned my behaviors and my thoughts and my beliefs. None of which make me right." 
It's sadly conventional wisdom that journalists harbor an iconoclastic ethos in order to dismantle traditional values and institutions of the American republic.  [The American Journalist - Pew Research Center]

This article's hidden agenda is exposed at the end:  Vilify any figure opposed to liberal runaway detrimental policies supporting illegal immigration, with subtlety or not. 

Here, the author ends with a sentence that was cut-off mid-stream.  Backing up, the core of her article was how an illegal was severely beaten, and afraid to ask for help due to the possibility of being deported - in the grand scheme - due the sheriff's obedience to the rule of law.

The final part of the story focuses on seemingly mute details, such as the sheriff's traditional hearth, and the conservative presence within. 

Building up to that point, she ends the article with, "None of which make me right," prompting the ordinary reader to wonder what the sheriff said next.  Surely the interview didn't end there, with the sheriff contradicting himself. 

Congratulations - by cutting off there, the sheriff never gets to complete his thought, and the reader will walk away thinking, "Oh, the sheriff just said he was never right," assuming the litote is true: the affirmation of the negative.  A strong negative at the end of the article isn't an explicit claim that the sheriff is wrong in any conservative practices, but it is a great example of how the media conditions the public, has shifted from taking neutral positions to aiming at conservative values, and debunks common sense.


19 March 2015

Comedian celebrities share insights on taking risks

Both of these men are sharing their epiphanies on stepping out of their comfort zones.  Having been conditioned for years by the Navy to avoid risks (ironic, I know), their ideas are now more valuable to me than ever before in order to live a more fulfilled life.




Jim Carrey explains that it's better to take a risk on something that may seem improbable than to go with a low-risk option and end up getting burned.






"I never stopped believing in who I was... we kept striving... we don't back up for anybody, and never ever back up from the dreams we have - ever." -Andrew "Dice" Clay

05 February 2015

QOTD - US Manga

jirvin6878 I am not a fan of the military. And I am certainly not a fan of empires. But there are some facts that have to be considered too.
I spent most of my youth protesting against US intervention in places from Central America to Asia. And I still feel very strongly about unwarranted US intervention. But this is not the case in Okinawa.
Japan and the US have a mutually beneficial relationship in terms of this treaty. The US presence brings a balance of power to offset both Chinese and Russian influence in the region. It provides strategic as well as political advantages that strongly benefit and protect the interests of both the US and Japan.
With China spending far more on military development and her influence growing, it is critical that there be a counter weight to that influence. Too often we let the success of cities like Shanghai blind us to the very real danger that China poses. Just talk to Uyghurs, Taiwanese and Tibetans if you have any doubts about PRC intentions.
Balance works. It has avoided a regional arms race, it has spared Japan having to keep a larger standing military and it brings economic benefits to Okinawa.
I grew up near and airbase and didn't like the noise or the military guys around. But the base created jobs and strongly supported the community. Don't forget that this is case in Okinawa too.


http://www.japantoday.com/category/opinions/view/us-military%E2%80%99s-new-okinawa-strategy-manga-propaganda

11 January 2015

Kampai - 2015

 
Never having pre-loaded toasts ready to go except for, "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged wimmen,"  I made a few of my own. Enjoy.
 
Raise your glass for this kampai
The bottle empties until it's dry
A grape or grain, barley or rye;
A taste of time as life goes by.

A kampai to outkampai all the rest 
The trace of sweetness in your breath;
Close your eyes and wonder when
And the best kampai will begin and end.
 
- by Cagey

04 December 2014

"The Paradox of Our Time"

"We have bigger houses but smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgment;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines but less healthiness.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor.
We built more computers to hold more copies than ever,
but have less real communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods but slow digestion;
Tall men but short characters;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It’s a time when there is much in the window but nothing in the room."
-Dr. Bob Moorehead

02 November 2014

On fulsome, increasingly rank military surveys

Early in my career I would complete all the surveys. Over the years, the number of surveys increased and became longer and longer. At that point I started to get choosy as to which surveys I would complete (most are not mandatory). Towards the end of my career, if you can believe it, survey numbers and their length increased further...it got to the point where I deleted them as fast as they hit my inbox. If you combine the increase in surveys over the years with the increase and length of online training such as tornado training, hurricane training, fire training, fire extinguisher training, sexual assault training, various forms of security training, human trafficking and the list goes on. Then add in attendance for various ceremonial functions such as going-away lunches, change of commands, commander's call, etc., it's a wonder any work gets done at all--so after some interesting reading, this latest survey would have ended up in the trash bin too. 

- Goose


http://news.yahoo.com/military-members-complain-sex-survey-081127235.html

10 October 2014

On e-mail

With e-mail... perhaps the only way to win the game
 
- is not to play.
 
 
(With apologies to War Games starring Matthew Broderick)

29 August 2014

QOTD: Procrastination

Let me share a few thoughts I keep in reserve about writing, which transfers to procrastination in general: #1 - One time Jim Thorpe was competing for high jump, and his coach found him resting under a tree, eyes closed. To the coach's rebuke, he replied, "I am practicing my jump." IOW, whenever you have a project, make a habit of mapping it out in your mind during the odd hour, and well before you actually sit down to write it. #2 - Another time someone approached Goethe and asked him how me managed to write so much, to which he replied, "I just blow on my hands!" IOW, just start writing. You can worry about editing it later. Writing is just like speaking, albeit a bit more formal. So just start. It's only after you start that you can see what the problems are going to be. Then it's time for a nap, a la #1. #3 - Jacques Barzun used to say, write a brouillage, that is, a scrambled mess. You can figure it out later. The key is that most procrastination grows out of inactivity and inertia, both of which create anxiety and then performance anxiety and then failure. Start writing yesterday, and, also, write every day. As William James used to say, "Habit a second nature? Habit is ten times nature!" #4 - The last thing of course: be yourself. Don't be afraid of yourself, and don't be unhappy with yourself. Just write who you are. The good parts will show, eventually.
- "Edward Fortyhands. Original story: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/08/the-procrastination-loop-and-how-to-break-it/379142/2/#comments

20 August 2014

The death of common sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; ... - Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies, don't spend more than you can earn and adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition. Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion. Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault. Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement. Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife Discretion, his daughter Responsibility, and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers - I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim. Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him, pass this on.
It's an Obama world, it's an Obama world.

QOTD

Do you ever get p'd that Blockbuster closed? I do. We have a DVD player, and entertainment is pretty limited out here (according to me). We used to go to B.B., then ColdStone IceCream next door, and then look in the window of the Chinese Food place to see if the common housefly was still stuck to the window. Now - just stand in front of a RedBox like a zombie. WHERE DID THE SOUL OF AMERICA GO, MAN.

27 June 2014

24 June 2014

Quotes from Youth, by Joseph Conrad

Stark, terrible, descriptive, wonderful was how I thought of Joseph Conrad's Youth when I first read the short story.  Full text available at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/525/525-h/525-h.htm .
 
 
Between the darkness of earth and heaven she was burning fiercely upon a disc of purple sea shot by the blood-red play of gleams; upon a disc of water glittering and sinister. A high, clear flame, an immense and lonely flame, ascended from the ocean, and from its summit the black smoke poured continuously at the sky. She burned furiously, mournful and imposing like a funeral pile kindled in the night, surrounded by the sea, watched over by the stars. A magnificent death had come like a grace, like a gift, like a reward to that old ship at the end of her laborious days. The surrender of her weary ghost to the keeping of stars and sea was stirring like the sight of a glorious triumph. The masts fell just before daybreak, and for a moment there was a burst and turmoil of sparks that seemed to fill with flying fire the night patient and watchful, the vast night lying silent upon the sea. At daylight she was only a charred shell, floating still under a cloud of smoke and bearing a glowing mass of coal within. And this is how I see the East. I have seen its secret places and have looked into its very soul; but now I see it always from a small boat, a high outline of mountains, blue and afar in the morning; like faint mist at noon; a jagged wall of purple at sunset. I have the feel of the oar in my hand, the vision of a scorching blue sea in my eyes. And I see a bay, a wide bay, smooth as glass and polished like ice, shimmering in the dark. A red light burns far off upon the gloom of the land, and the night is soft and warm. We drag at the oars with aching arms, and suddenly a puff of wind, a puff faint and tepid and laden with strange odors of blossoms, of aromatic wood, comes out of the still night—the first sigh of the East on my face. That I can never forget. It was impalpable and enslaving, like a charm, like a whispered promise of mysterious delight. O youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination of it! To me she was not an old rattle-trap carting about the world a lot of coal for a freight—to me she was the endeavour, the test, the trial of life. I think of her with pleasure, with affection, with regret—as you would think of someone dead you have loved. I shall never forget her.... Pass the bottle.

15 June 2014

QOTD - instincts

What I dislike is the constant barrage of "I have accept and support it or I am evil and bad"..... I don't. support it.

What make us different other animals??? Our ability to overcome our instincts and override our emotions. Stop acting like animals.

If it's genetic.

27 May 2014

10 Life Lessons from a Navy SEAL

Very condensed version of commencement speech at the Univ. of Texas by Adm. McRaven:

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
So, If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

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11 May 2014

QOTD


A lot of people, especially people born after 1990, are very weary of all this politically correct tyranny over our speech. As for the continuing 24/7 race issue, many of our ancestors arrived in America after the turn of the 20th Century. As for the latest hot button issue, gay rights, it really grossed me out to see Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend. I am actually glad he (finally) got drafted. But ESPN is, as they have done for as long as I can recall, forcing their own ideas on their viewers (and showing zero respect for their viewers feelings or beliefs). Here's the problem, there is this subtext that goes, "you guys who don't see things like we (the glorious "good & enlightened" people) do, are subhuman, so we have to force you to accept something, even if you find it distasteful and inappropriate. Well, ESPN, I'm turning you off. I can live without professional sports and without your insults. The whole thing is too hyped anyway. And too commercial. And too often a total flop (like the Super Bowl was. Just a huge waste of a day.) Goodbye and good riddance.
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http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/dolphin-twitter-trouble/story?id=23670999 

10 May 2014

QOTD

Future students of language will wonder at the period in our history in which it was said with a straight face that diversity required uniformity, tolerance necessitated intolerance, and liberalism called for dogma. Of late, we have been told that Brandeis University is simply too open-minded to hear from a critic of Islam, that Mozilla believes too vehemently in “freedom of speech” to refrain from punishing a man for his private views, and that a respect for the audience of a show about duck hunting demands that we suspend a man for expressing his religious views in an unrelated interview. “Never,” David Benham confirmed in an interview with CNN, “have I spoken against homosexuals, as individuals, and gone against them. I speak about an agenda.” Later, he added that “that’s really what the point of this is — that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith.” Say, now where might he have got hold of that idea?

          Charles C.W. Cooke

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/377689/new-fascism-rolls-charles-c-w-cooke

22 April 2014

Instant search results reveal inner thoughts

Irony. I went to get on FB, and my fingers were on the wrong keys, one position to the right. So I accidentally typed "GS" where the letters "FA" would normally be. And Google has this auto-complete for search results that automatically fills in its common searches related to a given term. General Schedule, a.k.a. "Government Servant" is commonly abbreviated GS. What instantly appeared: GS Pay Calculator. So it's kind of telling that what might be foremost on the minds of the GS population is their paycheck, and maybe not so much thinking about how they've dedicated themselves to the sustainment of the great United States of America.

09 April 2014

Great quotes for post-modern America, Issue 1

"Embrace and Maximize Bureaucracy. Proclaim greatness and manage the illusion, surround yourself with weakness, squelch negativity, avoid hard work and unfavorable comparisons, and take care of friends. We'll move forward together." -http://hamptonroads.com/2014/04/portsmouth-schools-keep-stashing-cash-after-warning