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  1. Tax Dollars at Waste

    by , 07-26-2017 at 11:09 AM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Maybe Iím becoming more cynical in my middle age, but it seems like government exists exclusively to fill the pockets of the insiders and their friends. That seems pretty obvious in the case of Trump and his pals, but it is also true on the state and locals levels.

    On the federal level the use of government to enrich people has been going on for a long time, and it has been publicized for decades. Eisenhower warned us about the ďmilitary-industrial complexĒ, and he was in a position ...
  2. The Dentist

    by , 07-26-2017 at 12:03 AM (Barmy Blue's Bland Blog)
    Alternative title: It's Been A While

    So. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. I havenít been for a long time and my oral hygiene has been far from satisfactory throughout my life. To be honest itís not all that great now but itís a hell of a lot better than it used to be. Both my parents have fillings and have for most of their lives. So far I never have. But you never know, that could change.
    Weíve been with the same family dentist probably since my parents moved in about ...
  3. Dangerous Foods

    by , 07-15-2017 at 04:01 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Today I was offered potentially dangerous foods twice, and I walked past a usually dangerous plant twice also. It occurred to me again that humans consume lots of things that are dangerous, some toxic and some usually leading to disease. Humans eat all sorts of strange things that they might be better off avoiding. There are the obvious ones like almond of apricot, cherry pits, peach pits and leaves, puffer fish, etc., but there are people who eat strange and clearly dangerous foods. One that comes ...
  4. Persistence of Lies

    by , 07-05-2017 at 02:26 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes.

    So who really did say it? Benham's Book of Quotations credits the line to Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), a celebrated English fundamentalist Baptist preacher and the author of "John Ploughman's Talk; or, Plain Advice for Plain People." His exact words were: "A lie travels round the world, while Truth is putting on her boots." ...

    Updated 07-07-2017 at 08:34 AM by PeterL

  5. Effects of Loud Noise

    by , 06-26-2017 at 05:22 PM (Memories of the 28th Century)
    Or why some handicaps in "Harrison Bergeron" were noises

    I was annoyed by the noise level in a bar recently, so I left, but I was reminded of that great short story by Kurt Vonnegut "Harrison Bergeron"; specifically the use of noise to disrupt thought and the use of noise in bars and some other places to encourage people buying more and throwing caution to the wind. It does seem that noise effectively decreases intelligence.

    Noise, especially discordant ...

    Updated 06-28-2017 at 05:29 PM by PeterL