Since nonewhere has been spending the week packing up his office space (I call him ‘last minute louie), I decided to give him a break and get the music started. We will be seeing a lot of this during the next several days. By the way, we will be spending some vacation time in Northwest Colorado where nonewhere will be fishing with Onefly.
Nonewhere and I will be starting our travels to the northwestern part of the United States on Friday, June 14. We sold our house that we designed and lived in for 16 years and 1 day. The east coast has been our home for all of our lives. Over the years, we have made many good friends and it is sad to say “good-bye” so instead we say, “come visit us in Oregon”. We have been very busy packing over the past several weeks and that is why you haven’t seen much of us lately. It’s amazing how much stuff can accumulate over 16 years especially in a large house. We like to entertain and a house this size provided ample room for political parties, family and friends parties, and house concerts. Our next place will be quite a bit smaller.
The above picture shows the front of our house. We had a small picnic table on this porch and we enjoyed many meals on this porch. It was also a good place to hang out and listen to the evening birds, night cicadas and crickets.
The below picture presents a view of our patio. We had an octagon shaped picnic table with benches that were made by the Amish along with folding Adirondack chairs. The table got sold but the chairs are coming with us.
This will be my last “Open Thread” until I get settled. I’ll let the ‘boss lady’ (Zooey) know when I am ready to get back to work.
Open Thread… Speak Up!
Sequestration only becomes a problem for Congress when it inconveniences them.
This is a last minute attempt to put up an Open Thread. Speak Up!
Posted by Cats r Flyfishn. Now, I have to get back to my packing.
All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Paul Jamiol, Jamiol’s World
“It’s important that we acknowledge that the growing movement of men in the United States — in a multicultural sense — and all around the world — in an international sense — the growing movement of men who are standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women and going into parts of male culture that have historically been either apathetic about or openly hostile to women’s efforts to engage them. That movement of men is indebted to the leadership of women on a personal level, on a professional level, on a political level, on an intellectual level, on every level. Women built these movements, and these are movements that are affecting — in a positive way — everybody, not just women and girls, but also men and boys.
And oftentimes, men like myself get a lot of credit and public acclaim for doing the work that women have been doing for a long time.
Happy Birthday to a wonderful women, my youngest daughter.
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[P.S. - LET'S MAKE THIS THE OPEN THREAD OF THE DAY]
This is another amazing TED presentation.
Is it okay to cheat a little bit? Do we rationalize our cheating or bad behavior?
This will be my last ‘Open Thread’ for awhile. Enjoy and Speak Up.
All cartoons are posted with the artists’ express permission to TPZoo.
Paul Jamiol, Jamiol’s World
This is our Open Thread. I have nothing else so you will need to Speak Up!
The wealth distribution in this nation is appalling. This is why it is becoming more difficult to make ends meet. Are you feeling the pain?
Thom Hartman wrote a book in which one chapter explores “What is Enough”. He presents different perspectives on being ‘rich’ and being ‘poor’.
While they number fewer than one percent of all humans on the planet, the result of a relentless 5-millenium genocide by our worldwide Younger Culture, there are still people alive on Earth who are members of Older Cultures that predate the Mesopotamian city-states. There are also people whose Older Culture ways have only been so recently taken from them-such as many Native American tribes-that while they may no longer live the Older Culture way, they remember it.
In these Older Cultures, the concept of “more is better” is unknown. They would consider “greed is good” to be the statement of an insane person. One person eating near another who is hungry is an obscene act.
The ‘Older Cultures’ regard wealth not as goods and services. Instead, their view of wealth is security.
In Older Cultures, the goal of the entire community is to get every person in the community to the “enough point.” Once that is reached and ensured, people are free to pursue their own personal interests and bliss. The shaman explores trance states, the potter makes more elegant pots, the storyteller spins new yarns, and parents play with and teach their children how to live successfully.
Contrast that to the quest by people like Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers. For them, there is never enough money in their bank accounts. They don’t own enough ‘things’ so they keep striving for more and more. If they lost everything today, they would have nothing because money doesn’t buy true friendship. Who really likes a greedy person? No one.
Ghandi said, “There is enough for everyone’s needs but not enough for everyone’s greed.”
(cross posted at Pennsylvaniaforchange.wordpress.com)
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You may have seen this video before. I wanted to share it because it is one of those stories where we gain more insight with each viewing.
I’ve been bullied as a child. It took me 50 years to get to love myself and not blame myself for the words and actions of others.
That’s all I got.
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I posted this yesterday on Pennsylvania for Change.
Chuck Hagel served in this war. So did John Kerry. Yet the yellow elephants that got deferments find fault with these warriors.
Here’s a few cowards that were unwilling to serve or made sure that they didn’t have to fight:
- George W. Bush – remained in the States
- Ted Nugent
- Rush Limbaugh
- Donald Rumsfeld
- Dick Cheney
- Mitt Romney
They wear flag pins and called themselves patriots. Yet when ‘Uncle Sam’ called them to serve, they found ways to get out of fighting in a war. I’m sure there are more names to add to this list.
Let’s take a look at this war…
We fight differently these days. Now the drones fly over our ‘enemies’ and someone thousands of miles away gives the command to fire off the smart bomb. Without the close contact, our enemies are faceless and their deaths have less of an emotional impact on us.
I once had a soldier tell me that firing a gun at someone that is 100 yards away isn’t that difficult. Killing someone with a knife is hard to do because it is up close and personal. It’s hard to kill someone when you are looking in their eyes.
There’s no two ways about it. War sucks.
Playing for Change:
Give me love my brother, give me love my sister, it’s just a kiss away.
I heard this song on WXPN yesterday and it made me laugh because the typewriter is certainly a thing of the past.
Once again, Nonewhere was a slacker so the privilege of posting a song was
dumped on handed to me.
This is all I got. Do whatever you want with it.
BTW – WXPN may be one of the best radio stations in the nation. Do visit their website to learn more about ‘XPN‘.
“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
Some music from Lettuce, live in Brooklyn.
Let us not blame others for our mistakes and let us assume responsibility for our own actions.
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This day always occurs on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The word “fashnacht” literally means “fast night” and it is in preparation for the fasting season of Lent.
You may ask, “What is a fashnacht?” If made properly, it may be one of the best tasting donuts. There is no fat free, gluten free fashnacht. The yummiest of these treats is deep fried in lard, just like the best tasting potato chips. Lard comes from pigs and so does bacon. Any questions as to the superior flavor?
Here are a few recipes for these scrumptious, artery blocking delights:
2½ cups hot mashed potatoes
1 cup milk
3 beaten eggs
2 Tablespoons melted butter
2 cups sugar
2 Tablespoons baking powder
5 cups flour
Mix everything together except flour. Mix flour in slowly.
Divide the dough in half. Roll ½ inch thick. Cut with a donut cutter or use a knife to cut into triangular shaped pieces. Deep fry in hot fat or oil until done. Serve with sugar or molasses.
Another recipe from Kempton, PA resident Alice Faust:
Alice Faust’s Family Recipe #1:Faschnachts with baking powder
Beat two eggs and ¼ teaspoon salt in a little bowl. Add 1 cup sugar and 6 Tablespoons oil. Add alternately 1¼ cup milk and about 5 cups flour with 3 teaspoons baking powder on the first cup.
Roll out ¼ to ½ inch thick. Cut into triangles, squares, or rectangles. A slit can be cut in the center of the fashnacht. Fry 325-350 degrees.
Here’s Alice’s recipe using yeast:
Alice Faust’s Family Recipe #2: Fashnachts with Yeast
2 cups scaled milk ½ cup lard
1 cup mashed potatoes 2 teaspoons salt
¾ cup sugar 2 well beaten eggs
1 package yeast
7 cups flour, approximately
Scald milk and add mashed potatoes, sugar, salt, and lard. Cool until lukewarm. Add eggs. Add yeast and enough flour to make a soft dough. Knead well and place in a greased bowl. Cover with a cloth and let rise about 1½ hours. Roll ¼ inch thick on a floured board. Place on a cloth and let rise until doubled in size and fry in hot fat.
Did you get all that? If you are interested in a bit of ‘local’ trivia, click on this link.
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Politics can be such a downer at times so I thought I would brighten our day with a hug.
This is our Open Thread. Speak Up! Or give someone a hug.
Once again, Nonewhere asked me to get tonight’s music started. Since this was asked of me at 8:00 am today, I was lost for ideas so I contacted my oldest daughter. Next week, she and her husband will be seeing this group in concert. From what I understand, this group is becoming quite popular and that is why I am posting music from these up and coming artists. For all I know, they may already be famous.
May I present to you, The Lumineers performing Ho Hey:
I think I like this group. They are fresh and exciting.
Here’s a link to their bio.
Are you listening to any new performers and if so, who are they? There are so many new artists to choose from.
Monday, January 21, 2013 was a historic day. It was the 50 year anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “I got a dream” speech and it was the second Inauguration of America’s first African American President. If someone would have suggested that history would merge on that date 12 years ago, I would have laughed at the idea.
Anyhow, I hope that you got to hear President Obama’s second Inauguration speech.
Congratulations to President Obama and Vice President Biden. America is fortunate to have such strong and intelligent leaders.
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I was there. I saw it happen. I was part of the crowd. There were tears; tears of joy, tears of relief, and tears of love. It was hard to believe that it had finally happened.
It all began when I was given two blue tickets to the inauguration of Barack Obama. I shared these tickets with a friend whose mother owned a townhouse in Alexandria, VA. She offered us a place to stay so that it would be easy to get into D.C. to witness this monumental event.
We started out on that historic morning by taking a taxi that was suppose to take us into D.C. The taxi driver believed that he couldn’t cross any of the bridges to get into the city so he dropped us off at the train station in Alexandria. Every train that stopped at the station was packed and it was impossible to get onto the train. Since the trains traveling in the opposite direction were almost empty, we decided that we would take one of those trains and do the loop. It would mean an extra 15 minutes but at least we were on a train. At the end of the line, the train filled up with people that had arrived on buses from all across the nation. The good people that stood near us on the train were from Minnesota. It took them two and a half days of traveling to get to D.C.
When we finally arrived in D.C., we went to the area outside the entrance for the blue ticket holders. There were hundreds of people gathered there and we became part of the crowd. At 9:30, the gates were opened so that people could get in. Needless to say, the crowd moved very slowly. It was 11:35 when we finally reached the cattle chute and we were pushed in by the crowd and told to go to the scanners. There was little time for scanning or searching our bags so security waved us through and told us to hurry.
When we got closer to the Capitol, we saw thousands and thousands of people gathered on the lawns, on the sidewalks and on the streets looking in the direction of the Capitol steps. There had to be at least one million people crowded together looking towards Barack Obama. From where I was standing, the President appeared to be about six inches tall. I perused the area and saw the “jumbotrons”. These were the biggest screens that I have ever seen and they were everywhere.
Barack Obama was sworn into office and after he gave his address, the crowd went wild. Everyone was hugging each other. Standing next to me was a black woman who was about my age (I’m a white, young senior). Tears were rolling down her face. They were streaming down my cheeks, too. We looked at each other, smiled, and then hugged each other.
This is where the real story takes place. This stranger and myself lived through the challenge of opposing segregation during the ’60′s. We witnessed blacks being beaten, and repelled with water from fire hoses. We saw blacks being spit on as they walked into previously ‘whites only’ schools. We heard the slurs and the name calling. People died fighting for equal rights.
As a white person, I won’t pretend to know what it feels like to be a black person living in a society that dislikes you just because of the color of your skin. I can only imagine how painful it must feel to see people cross to the other side of the street when they see you walking down the sidewalk or how hurtful it must feel when someone refuses to shake your hand or to sit next to you. When Barack Obama became President Barack Obama, I thought that our nation had finally matured and would become integrated. Was I in for a surprise.
Racism didn’t depart after the passage of the Civil Rights Act. It only went into hiding. A black man holding one of the most powerful positions in the world has brought the racists to the forefront. This is a good thing as we now know who they are. We are seeing faces and we have the power to stand up to them as we must speak the truth and confront them, always.
The inauguration of President Barack Obama was an exciting event. As I was leaving the Capitol grounds and standing on the curb waiting to cross the street, two black SUV’s with the license plate number “2″ on it, passed by. We all booed because we knew that Dick Cheney was in one of those SUV’s.
Next Tuesday, we will have reason to celebrate again. This time I will be watching the events of the day from my home.
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First of all, I have great respect for any species that can live and survive in the desert environment. It must be a tough existence.
Here’s a link to a story about a mouse that lives in the desert, eats scorpions, and then howls at the moon. Be sure to click on the link to the audio track that is embedded in the story.
Scientists are interested in this mouse. It seems that there is a genetic component that prevents this mouse from experiencing pain.
In humans, Rowe says, mutations in Nav1.7 cause a syndrome called erythromelalgia. In this disease, a characteristic burning pain in the feet and hands crops up spontaneously. The researchers are now attempting to figure out exactly how the mouse’s mutation in Nav1.8 blocks pain signals, to see if it could help design a new kind of pain killer.
Our pain receptors are a means by which our body tells us that something is dangerous. In some cases, it’s best not to feel the pain because it is “phantom pain” and it serves no purpose other than to annoy us.
UPDATED: I found a video about this mouse. We can hear it “howl at the moon”.
Check out this amazing and awesome picture at this link. I didn’t want to cause any distortion to this picture and that is why I provided the link instead of posting the picture.
And you are also here…
In the overall scheme of things, we humans really are quite small.
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The new year has several traditions in southeastern Pennsylvania and one of these is the Mummer’s Parade down Broad Street in Philadelphia. The parade begins in South Philadelphia and moves up Broad Street to City Hall. It is a fun filled event with many spectators lining the street.
There is a history to the mummers which dates all the way back to ancient Rome where laborers marched all day wearing masks in celebration of the Festival of Saturnalia.
Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalias where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange. This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year. Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Years day in Philadelphia date back before the revolution. Prizes were offered by merchants in the late 1800’s. January 1, 1901 was the first “official” parade offered about $1,725 in prize money from the city.
The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia. Clubs work on the costumes and practice all year for their one day in the sun (…wind, rain or snow). There are many lively discussions over the scoring by the judges and adherence to the complicated set of rules the marchers must follow when being judged. String Bands are judged on their musical presentation as well as the costumes. Seeing and hearing a String Band performing live in the parade is a one-of-a-kind experience.
I present to you lots of men in kilts. May this put a smile on someone special’s face :)
To bring in good luck for the new year, we Pennsylvanians enjoy our pork, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes. Everyone has their own recipe for this meal. I cook a pork loin in the crock pot along with the sauerkraut. The seasonings that I prefer are nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. These spices sweeten the sauerkraut. As for the mashed potatoes, my most recent recipe includes horseradish added to this dish.
As Pete the Cat would say, “Because it’s all good.”
Happy New Year! May the new year be a good year.
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This is what President Obama had to say about the “fiscal cliff”.
I like this version of Jingle Bells. It makes me want to get up and dance.
May your holiday celebration be happy.
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Police speculate the piglets were bought at the New Holland Sale early Wednesday, and were being hauled northbound on Route 222 en route to New Jersey via Route 78, when the trailer tires blew out because it was overloaded.
They speculated the wheels were removed so the owner could replace the tires.
Fortunately, all 55 piglets were rescued and taken to a local shelter until the owner could be located. Eventually, these piggies will go to market as they are “meat pigs”. I must admit, they certainly are cute.
This is our Open Thread. Bacon anyone? Speak Up!
The “War on Drugs” is a complete failure.
This video is 58+ minutes so you may want to watch it when you have the time.
Some highlights from the video:
- The illegal drug business is a $320 billion dollar industry.
- The US has less than 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s incarcerated poplution.
- George H.W. Bush stated that if you use drugs, “you will be punished”.
- The War on Drugs has created a mass prison-industrial complex.
- Population of US prisoners:
- 1970 = 330,000
- 2012 = 2.3 million
- More than any other country in the world.
- Drugs are prevalent in prisons.
- Governments try to stifle demand by advertising which has failed because:
- People that use drugs like drugs.
- People can see through the hypocrisy of legal alcohol/cigarettes/drugs vs. illegal drugs.
- There are approximately 230 million world wide drugs users of which 90% are unproblematic.
- President Carter went to Congress and requested to have drugs decriminalized.
- 1979 – 10 states started the process to decriminalize (ME, NY, OH, NC, MS, MN, CO, OR, CA, AK).
- Reagan put a stop to decriminalization and Nancy Reagan’s role in government was her anti-drug campaign of “Just Say No.”
- 2009 – 1.6 million people were arrested and 1.3 million of those arrests were just for drugs with 1/2 of those arrests just for marijuana.
- If drugs were legalized and regulated in the US, it would add $76 billion to the US economy.
At the 37 minute mark in the film, a world wide discussion begins on solutions to the “War on Drugs”.
Sign the petition here.
This is our Open Thread and reflects my opinion and not necessarily the opinion of other members of The Zoo. Now it is your turn to Speak Up!