Sunday, December 04, 2016

Thursday, December 01, 2016


I am going to start a little essay here on the decline of apologies in everyday life - especially as a customer of something.....
Yesterday, I called the Herald-Sun to say that we had not received our paper for two days. I had gotten a phone message that our card did not "go through", so I mentioned this. After giving the woman my credit card, she said I could not do this - i.e., give her my card number. So I asked to be transferred to someone who could resolve this and please don't send me to someone's voice mail. She could not do that either, she said. Not once in this whole exchange did she utter the words, "I am sorry for your inconvenience" until I noted that she had not said this. Grudgingly, she mouthed the words, almost as though she was saying them for the first time!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fidel Castro’s Sister, an Outspoken Critic, Takes No Joy in His Death - The New York Times

I feel for her and agree with her fully. The expressions of glee and joy are repulsive, much moreso this week then the man himself had been to so many. Let us respect life and lament its passing regardless of who it is or was.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Trump and Pence vs. ‘Hamilton’ cast: A collision of two Americas - The Washington Post

I think this will mark a sad but unavoidable point in the TRUMP presidency. It is sad because he had so many options of how to respond. Unavoidable because to suppress speech is to flame it.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Wells Fargo

Everyone who works at Wells Fargo is culpable and should pay a price for this. Just as it takes a village, it takes an entire company to behave this badly.

They Found Bombs on a Beer Run. What Gratitude Are They Owed? - The New York Times

What have we done?

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Wells Fargo Spillover Effect - The New York Times

The company has huge problems, in my view, well beyond this banking fiasco. Just ask those of us who are Wells Fargo Advisors customers!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Le point principal c’est que chaque femme a le droit de choisir. Ce droit est un droit universel est supérieur d’une loi locale, régionale ou nationale. C’est pas l’état, pas la ville, pas vos amis, pas vous a décider pour elle. Si vous êtes vraiment intéresser de comprendre pourquoi les étrangers (ici aux E-U inclus) pensent que la loi anti-burkini est totalement pas acceptable, lisez cette petite collection des points de vue féminins et musulmans dans le New York Times l’année dernière On verra demain l’état de cette loi après le Conseil d’Etat.

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Thank you for your e mail. I am sorry if you didn't understand what I said. May be my English is not good enough. I just want to say that I respect Islam but I condamn Islamist propaganda. And the burkini, the niqab, the abayas are just provocation and regression for the rights of women. 
I respect the different cultures and religions, I have many muslim firends, I work with Muslim women and they implore that we stop this evolution because they want to live in the French Republic under our laws and not under the Islamist laws and the charia.

My best regards. 
Rudy Salles
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I just listened to your interview, sort of in English, on the BBC. Your answers to the interviewer's quesitons were appalling and embarrassing. For someone who purports to support human rights, as I think you say you do, your views are incomprehensible.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

average walking speed km - Google Search

"Although walking speeds can vary greatly depending on many factors such as height, weight, age, terrain, surface, load, culture, effort, and fitness, the average human walking speed is about 5.0 kilometres per hour (km/h), or about 3.1 miles per hour (mph)."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

After Orlando Shooting, Talk Show Hosts Suggest Talk Is Not Enough - The New York Times

Which one of these said there are too many guns in the US? I missed it.

Friday, June 03, 2016


Amazing to think how far this might go.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Making TRUMP sense...

This is a very compelling analysis of what's going on here....

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Split Over Israel Threatens the Democrats’ Hopes for Unity - The New York Times

This is good. I am all for protecting Jews wherever they may be, Israelis or not. They deserve the same level of protection as all of the rest of us, no more and no less. Maybe we should focus more that perceived need than on whether a country whose "members" would only invite sneers if it were a Jews-only country club, maybe deserves a lot less protection and those it impacts merit a lot more.

Rechercher |

What a snapshot of the US campaign!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Untold Damage: America’s Overlooked Gun Violence - The New York Times

We have too many guns in the US. One less gun on the street is one less means to commit a horrible crime.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gender-Segregated Public Bathrooms Have A Long, Ugly History

Same question I have asked often so I look forward to reading this!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

​Christ or a Glock? - CBS News

I support him fully on the gun issue!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sunday, April 17, 2016

College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane - The New York Times

Southwest Airlines deserves widespread condemnation, including right here!

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The Terrorists in U.S. Prisons - The New York Times

Such a senseless division between "terrorists" and criminals,especially the ones who have committed violent crimes.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Airports, Designed for Everyone but the Passenger - The New York Times

I would like to write a lot more about this; he makes such a good point.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NC and Belgium

Great story opportunity....
The same population, essentially – 11 there, 10,000,000 here more or less.
 NC is five times the land area of Belgium.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

As Terrorists Cross Borders, Europe Sees Anew That Its Intelligence Does Not - The New York Times

In my view, much of the frustration that arises in this situation stems from an inability, perhaps inherent in all of us, to see the world as another, and many, see it. People simply think more different thoughts, based on many different factors, when they get out of a Belgian or Argentine or U.S. bed in the morning. That inability manifests itself in two different and both damaging ways. One, it is our tendency to assume that we really "get it" when it comes to understanding others, whoever they are, whether they be inches or oceans away from us. The other is not to realize that there is a difference and to assume that the world is simply a homogeneous group of people just like "us", with a few bad actors sprinkled among "us" and "them". Hence, we make little seeming progress and understand what's going on even less.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Saturday, March 05, 2016

The Right to Sue the Gun Industry - The New York Times

I hope SANDERS regrets this; it sure cost him my support.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Trigger Warnings - The New York Times

I am not sure how to react to this; what, exactly, is his point?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

U.S. Airstrikes on ISIS Camp in Libya Kill More Than 40 - The New York Times

How many places in the Mediterranean has the US bombed in the last 200 years? How many other places in the Mediterranean have been bombed by foreign countries in that period? When I say "bomb", I really mean "attacked" from outside their land borders.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Friday, January 22, 2016

Haiti Postpones Presidential Runoff Vote - The New York Times

I would so love to get back to this story. Thought I had started a blog some time ago, but I guess I never even got to that point.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ireland's Easter Rising and how history is being twisted in celebrating the struggle for independence | UK Politics | News | The Independent

Reminds of that great volume of American history entitled The Definitive History of Northern Aggresion as Recounted by a Southern Plantation Owner.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Why Doctors Need To Have Answers For Patients' Questions About Costs : Shots - Health News : NPR

I certainly feel like I am a kindred spirit to Mrs. SUTTON! Bravo for the doctor writing this!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

posting no gun signs nc - Google Search

I'd like to know more about where the law and practice is on this issue.

This evangelical Christian professor might lose her job for reaching out to Muslims | Public Radio International

I continue to hear NOTHING from this college that makes me regard it with anything but disdain and chagrin. All I can say is that the professor surely has my full support, and I hope many millions of other people in the US.

Friday, January 08, 2016

Voter app matches you with a presidential candidate - Business Insider

I'd like to see one more nuanced - allowing me to pick issues that are really important and those that are not. Then tell me whom I should support.
Money, politics and ideas are getting terribly jumbled in the knee-jerk debate about campaign finance. What money buys is the opportunity to share an idea with more people. If we are going to succeed as a country, we need citizens who are educated and smart enough to sift through these ideas and pursue the truth in the process. That is, after all, the rationale that underlies our system of freedom of expression.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Hear-Nothing Gun Crowd - The New York Times

It's appalling.

Wheaton is planning to fire professor who said Muslims and Christians worship the same God - The Washington Post

They are free to do what they choose and I am free to say that I regard Wheaton with great regret and sadness that they could take themselves to such offensively low standards.

BBC World Service - Newshour, Harry Belafonte: still fighting injustice at 88

Never go to bed when you can see injustice in the world and there is something you can do to combat it. Words to that effect from BELAFONTE's mother, then unemployed. The exact words are at about 5 minutes into this audio.

The President Acts on Gun Violence - The New York Times

This is the President for whom I voted!

Gun Sales Soar After Obama Calls for New Restrictions - The New York Times

Mortifying numbers.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Sunday, January 03, 2016

CNN to Host Obama Town Hall on Gun Violence - Hollywood Reporter

I'll be looking for someone to say that we have too many guns in the US --- but not holding my breath.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Why the Post Office Makes America Great - The New York Times

For some reason, I fund what she writes to be be curious. Hard to pin down my reactions and won't try.

Joe Hill's Last Will | John McCutcheon

Sounds great - listened to one song and I'm sold!

Friday, January 01, 2016

Obama Ready to Act Alone on Gun Control - WSJ

I sure stand behind him on anything he can do on this topic.