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Watering Hole: November 6, 2014 – Old vs New

Tuesday was a sad day for our nation.  President Obama’s voters deserted him.  This feels like a repeat of 1998. Democrats need to learn to show up at all elections.

I am getting too old to continue to fight to save our nation.  This election was about the future for the Gen X’s, Gen Y’s, and Millennials.  There will probably still be enough food and clean water to drink until I get planted in the ground.  I’m not sure that I can say the same for my children and grandchildren.

So, will the rich keep getting richer?  Will we be returning to the feudal system?  Is this the end of democracy?  Sadly, America now has the worst government that money can buy.  The “kooks” will be running the nation financed by the greedy likes of the Koch brothers.

Just a word to the younger generation, if Social Security is dismantled, your parents and/or grandparents will be moving in with you.  You will be straddled with student loan debt because the Republicans use your money to finance their wars and war machinery.   You will have the country that your apathy and lack of voting will provide.  I wish you luck with that.  As I said, I am old and for me, “everyday above ground is a good day”.

This is our Open Thread.  I’m sure there will be plenty to Speak Up about.

NB:  I cried when Reagan got elected and I came close to crying on Tuesday night.

Watering Hole: Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Quiet Zone

Sometimes quiet can be a good thing.  Here’s a short story about a town in West Virginia that gave up their wireless gadgets.

GREEN BANK, West Virginia—The barrage of noise and distractions that are all but inescapable in most American communities is refreshingly absent in this unassuming hamlet, located in the wooded hills of Pocahontas County, four hours west of Washington, D.C. Here, no cell phones chirp or jingle, and local kids aren’t glued to the glowing screens of their mobile devices. Older residents roll down their car windows to greet each other and leave their front doors unlocked.

But Green Bank, population 143, isn’t a technological backwater. On the contrary, it is the proud home of one of the marvels of the space age: the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, or GBT for short. Towering nearly 500 feet above its wide, green valley, with a dish large enough to cradle a football field, the GBT is the world’s biggest fully steerable radio telescope—and one of the largest movable objects anywhere on land. Locals jokingly refer to it as the Great Big Thing.

The GBT and other radio telescopes enable astronomers to detect and study objects in space that give off little visible light but emit naturally occurring radio waves—objects such as pulsars, gas clouds, and distant galaxies.

… etc…

This is our Open Thread.  I do hope that you read the complete article at National Geographic as I only posted the opening three paragraphs.

Watering Hole: Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Managing Fear

There are a lot things to be afraid of lately, at least that is what the media keeps telling us.

Here’s some ways to conquer fear.

  • Keep an eye out for iceberg beliefs,
  • Sit still,
  • Reach out

Explanation for these can be found here as I will not be providing more details.  I feel confident that you will be finding all kinds of information to share.

This is our Open Thread.  You know what to do.  Speak Up!  Have a field day.

Watering Hole: Thursday, October 9, 2014 – Sisters

The three Sisters volcanoes tower over the cities of Sisters and Bend, Oregon.  This photo was taken from the lava fields that were deposited between 1300 and 3000 years ago from the volcano named Belknap.  Only two mountains can be seen from this area.  The volcano with the most glaciers, is the Middle Sister.  The other, is the North Sister.  The South Sister which is considered to be an “active” volcano cannot be seen from these lava fields.

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That’s all I have.

This is our Open Thread.  Speak Up!



Watering Hole: Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Your Brain and Sleep

Ah, sleep.  It’s something that most people will agree that they enjoy.  A good night’s sleep is so refreshing.

While we are sleeping, our brains are busy doing things such as:

  • Making creative connections,
  • Clearing out toxins,
  • Learning and remembering how to perform physical tasks,
  • Creating and consolidating memories,
  • And making decisions.

So when someone says, “Let me sleep on it”, then that it is a good thing.

Read more about this at HuffPo.

Here’s a picture of our Homer, sleeping.  I wonder if he has similar brain activity while sleeping.

Sleeping Homer

This is our Open Thread.  I said my piece, now it’s your turn to Speak Up!

Watering Hole: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – Rant from CT

I have a friend who is a retired professional writer and she posts “rants” on Facebook.  With her permission, I am posting her most recent rant.

I love the way some people make up definitions of words to suit their own purposes.

Yesterday in the Reading Eagle a woman carrying on about the current focus of Tea hatred, the children coming across the border, said the word refugee means someone fleeing from a state of war. So these kids aren’t “refugees.”

I got out the ol’ Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which defined “refugee” as someone fleeing from a country because of danger or persecution. No mention of war as a prerequisite.

The woman went on to lecture that kids in our own country need help. After all, the economy is bad and so on and so forth.

When I read that, I started thinking about kids in our own country, too. Just probably not the same kids she was thinking about.

I was thinking about kids I saw standing in the middle of a godforsaken snow-covered desert on a Navajo reservation many years ago. Torn clothes, little food, missionaries and government workers living in beautiful houses, grand pianos in their living rooms. Those kids need help too. They always have. Ever since we invaded their country and took everything they had, they’ve needed help. Ever since we took their uranium to power our addiction to electronics, they needed help. Ever since we won their land from them, fair and square, first by poisoning them with smallpox and booze and then by taking any arable land they had left by murdering those who tried to stop us, they needed help.

But those weren’t the kids this woman was talking about. And it occurred to me that’s why these haters are so afraid–because all hate stems from fear.

Oh, these good Christian folks might fear the wrath of God. But I’ll tell you what.

They fear Karma even more.

This is our Open Thread.  Time to Speak Up!