Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's Climate Change All About?

     


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Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
--Christopher Morley

On Moyers & Company this last Sunday I heard from atmospheric scientist Katherine Hayhoe about a new outlook on Climate Change and from watching that show I began to give the global warming subject some more serious thought than I had previously.

After considerable research (via Google) on climate change, I have come to an undeniable conclusion; nothing concrete will any time soon be done about it.

One aspect of the whole climate change controversy eludes me, and that is: If climate change exists due to man made interference with the correct balance of gases comprising the Earth's atmosphere, why then do those who have the power to restore the proper balance not do so? And if this is a matter of utmost, perhaps 'supreme' importance to the continuance of mankind as a race, why then do the politically powerful not act to solve the problem... 'immediately?'

It seems to me that those individuals who are leaders of nations, whether long-established kings, self-appointed emperors and dictators, or democratically elected presidents or prime ministers would all jump right in and wield what power they have... lay down the law, - saying the future of the human race is being threatened, and therefore now decree that this is what we must and will do, starting this very instant.


Since nothing, in this threat of absolute devastation, except the futile flapping of political lips mouthing obfuscative rhetoric is being done, then the national leaders are all guilty of either malfeasance or malpractice, or both.

Not so?

Oh... and the solution lies not in raising taxes. That just makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. Tax money (easily diverted) does not reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, nor rdoes it lower the average global temperature.

Nothing fruitful is going to get done.

Just watch.

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Did You Know . . .?

A bite from the Brazilian wandering spider can give a man an uncomfortable erection that lasts for hours.

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1845, Phineas Wilcox was stabbed to death by fellow Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois, because he is believed to be a Christian spy. The murder of Wilcox reflected the serious and often violent conflict between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the surrounding communities. Joseph Smith, who founded the Mormon Church in 1830, had been living with his followers in Missouri, where they had various conflicts with locals, including an armed skirmish with the state militia. In 1838, Governor Lilburn Boggs signed a military order directing that the Mormons be expelled or exterminated: "The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state, if necessary, for the public good."


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WORD FOR TODAY

voluminous  [vuh-LOO-muh-nuh s]
adjective
1. forming, filling, or writing a large volume or many volumes :
a voluminous edition.
2. sufficient to fill a volume or volumes :
a voluminous correspondence.
3. of great volume, size, or extent:
voluminous flow of lava.
4. of ample size, extent, or fullness:
voluminous petticoats.
5. having many coils, convolutions, or windings.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born September 16, 1956)
David Copperfield is an American illusionist, and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.



(born September 16, 1958)
Jennifer Tilly is an Canadian-American actress and poker player. She is an Academy Award nominee, and a World Series of Poker Ladies' Event bracelet winner. In 1983, Tilly had small roles and had a recurring guest role on Hill Street Blues as Gina Srignoli. She played Frasier Crane's seductive-but-ditzy date on an episode of the fourth season of Cheers and appeared as a similar character on the eleventh season of Frasier.



(born September 16, 1949)
Ed Begley, Jr. is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, on the television series St. Elsewhere and his most recent reality show about green living called Living With Ed on Planet Green.



(born September 16, 1981)
Alexis Bledel is an American actress. She is known for her role as Rory Gilmore in The WB/The CW comedy-drama Gilmore Girls. She has since starred in films including Tuck Everlasting, Sin City, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 and Post Grad.

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
--Albert Einstein

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Monday, September 15, 2014

More Of This And That

     


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Easy reading is damn hard writing.
--Nathaniel Hawthorne

I was asked by a reader of my blog why I have a guest blogger on Sundays. The reason is because the guest blogger,Michelle Hakala, told me she was willing to contribute some of her thoughts and observations regarding her life (which she characterizes as drivel) -- and that's exactly what I publish regarding my life the other six days of the week, a bit of drivel spilling out from the days of my life.

Also, I find Michelle's life, from a female perspective, fascinating... to say the least. And I like the way she writes.


While walking the mile from my apartment to Fry's Food Store yesterday (Sunday) morning I espied a strange looking flower growing atop a cactus. I snapped a shot of it, and it is displayed below.



A cropped closeup gives a better view



A few feet away, a smaller version was growing


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NASA:

This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft orbiting Mars.

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center                                   

MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the upper atmosphere of Mars. The mission’s goal is to determine how the loss of atmospheric gas to space played a role in changing the Martian climate through time.

For more about the MAVEN mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/maven


USA TODAY reports that the number of militants fighting with the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria is two to three times more than previously estimated, according to a CIA analysis. There are believed to now be 20,000 to 31,500 IS fighters across Iraq and Syria.

CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani says "This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence."


When Arnold Schwarzenegger's official portrait was done, there was a personal touch -- he was depicted wearing a lapel pin featuring the face of his wife, Maria Shriver. When Arnold had her picture removed, it left a noticeable smudge.


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Did You Know . . .?

Burger King Japan has a new all-black burger.


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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1963, a bomb exploded during Sunday morning services in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young girls: Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins -- all 14 years old -- and 11-year-old Denise McNair.. Alabama's governor, George Wallace, made preserving racial segregation one of the central goals of his administration, and Birmingham had one of the most violent and lawless chapters of the Ku Klux Klan. Well-known Klan member, Robert Chambliss, was charged with murder and with buying 122 sticks of dynamite. Chambliss was convicted in 1977 and sentenced to life in prison. In 2000Thomas E. Blanton, Jr. was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. On May 22, 2002, Bobby Frank Cherry was convicted and sentenced to life

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WORD FOR TODAY

jentacular
adjective
Of or pertaining to a breakfast taken early in the morning, or immediately on getting up.
From Latin jentaculum "a breakfast taken immediately on getting up."

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born September 15, 1946)
Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and film director. He received an Academy Award for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in the 1993 thriller film The Fugitive. Other notable starring roles include former Texas Ranger Woodrow F. Call in the award-winning TV mini-series Lonesome Dove, Agent K in the Men in Black film series, Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men, the villain Two-Face in Batman Forever, terrorist William Strannix in Under Siege, a Texas Ranger in Man of the House, rancher Pete Perkins in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Colonel Chester Phillips in Captain America: The First Avenger and Warden Dwight McClusky in Natural Born Killers.

Jones has also portrayed real-life figures such as businessman Howard Hughes, Radical Republican Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, executed murderer Gary Gilmore, U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur, Oliver Lynn, husband of Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter, and baseball great Ty Cobb.



(born September 15, 1979)
Amy Davidson is an American actress. She is best known for playing Kerry Hennessy in the ABC sitcom 8 Simple Rules.



(born 15 September 1984)
Prince Harry is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. His paternal grandparents are Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.



(born September 15, 1962)
Dina Lohan is an American television personality and occasional actress who rose to fame as the mother and manager of actress and pop singer Lindsay Lohan and the fashion model Ali Lohan. She also is mother of Michael Lohan Jr. and Dakota "Cody" Lohan.

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By reading a lot of novels in a variety of genres, and asking questions, it's possible to learn how things are done - the mechanics of writing, so to speak - and which genres and authors excel in various areas.
--Nicholas Sparks

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Guest Blogger 9/14/14

     

Statistics

I've been reminiscing. As I look forward to the end of this year (where did it go?), I remember last November was full of a novel, as I again "competed" in National Novel Writing Month.

Yes, I "won." I managed to write over 50,000 words during the month of November. The statistics on participation are impressive. Writers from all over logged in and wrote during the month; a staggering 79,813 signed up. Of those, 12,948 made it to or over the 50k mark. That's a 16.22% win rate. The site www.nanowrimo.org counted 982,564,701 words.

From my own writing list, 16 members participated, and 8 made it to or over 50k words. Our win rate (50%) is better than average!

Harry's new rig is on the road, bottling wine. We have some new statistics to report for that, too. With the added seven feet from the Volvo, the truck (with trailer) is now 65 feet long. It weighs a whopping 63,690 pounds.

Life is full of statistics. Sometimes that's all we can hold on to, and sometimes they mean nothing at all. I can't put numbers to the joy shining in my dog's eyes when I throw a toy for him, or wrap a statistic around the contentment I feel when I've spent the day in the candle-lit quiet of my home. I can't weigh my husband's love or measure the worth of my cat.

It's a good thing, then, that I don't need to.


Copyright 2014 Michelle Hakala
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Importance Of Word Meanings

     


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The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
--Rene Descartes

Recently, I was asked about my blog's WORD FOR TODAY section, and why I so often define simple and common words of which everyone already knows the definitions. I do so because so many people (myself included) only think they know the meaning of specific words. The WORD FOR TODAY in this blog attempts to display the true and complete dictionary definition of the word.

Knowing the correct meaning of a word seems to be of the utmost importance to me. When I write, I try to use the exact word that means what I am intending to convey to the reader. This can be accomplished, of course, only if both the writer and the reader know the correct meaning of the word being used.

For example: I once wrote, "Sarah Palin is quite erudite..." and a friend refuted this statement, saying, "Sarah Palin is not erudite" When I looked up the word erudite I found that my friend was correct. I had used the word erudite because I mistakenly thought it meant "capable of influencing an audience" when it actually means: "characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly."

I would like to repeat, Knowing the true meanings of words is of the utmost importance.

Daily Writing Tips is a website that I consult often. It is a valuable site for those who wish to know about words, sentences, and writing in general.


I would like to share with my readers an incredibly agreeable experience I enjoyed yesterday with a new grocery item. I have purchased and eaten a great many frozen microwavable dinners over the years, but never have I, until now, tasted one that made me exclaim, "Wow! That's good.!" The item is a Jimmy Dean DELIGHTS Golden Roasted Turkey with potatoes, carrots. and celery in a creamy herb sauce.

Now this is, I must admit, a quite small dinner, only 8 ounces. There is not much to it. But I found that if eaten slowly, taking small bites, it is surprisingly satisfying. 210 calories. And it is delicious.

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Did You Know . . .?

Scientists discovered a volcano in Antarctica that's buried under a thick layer of ice, which could cause global sea levels to rise when it erupts.

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1971, a four-day riot at Attica Prison comes to a violent end as law enforcement officials open fire, killing 29 inmates and 10 hostages and injuring many more. A group of inmates assaulted a prison guard and began rioting. They took prison employees hostage and gained control of portions of the facility. The prison insurrection was the bloodiest in U.S. history.

 A class-action suit filed in the 1970s on behalf of over 1,200 Attica inmates was settled in 2000 when a federal judge ordered New York State to pay $8 million to the surviving inmates.  In 2005, the state also agreed to pay $12 million to the survivors and families of employees killed at Attica.

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WORD FOR TODAY

reprove [rih-PROOV]
verb
1. To voice or convey disapproval of.
2. To find fault with; admonish; rebuke.
3. to criticize or correct.
4. to express strong disapproval of; censure.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born September 13, 1980)
Ben Savage is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Cory Matthews on the 1993-2000 ABC sitcom Boy Meets World and its Disney Channel sequel series Girl Meets World. His brother is actor/director Fred Savage.



(born September 13, 1951)
Jean Smart is an American film, television, and stage actress. On television, she became known for her role as Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the first five seasons of the CBS sitcom Designing Women. In 1992, she played the title role in the TV movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story. Her other TV roles include Sherry Reagan in The District, Lana Gardener in Frasier, and Martha Logan in 24.



(born September 13, 1964)
Tavis Smiley is an American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist.



(born September 13, 1944)
Jacqueline Bisset is a British actress. She first came to prominence in 1968, starring opposite Frank Sinatra in The Detective and Steve McQueen in Bullitt, and received a most promising newcomer Golden Globe nomination for The Sweet Ride. Bisset appeared in Fran├žois Truffaut's Day for Night, Murder on the Orient Express, The Deep , and Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?.

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"Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that."
--Stephen King

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Friday, September 12, 2014

More Religion And Muslim Stuff

     


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If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.
--John Steinbeck

Sam Harris has written his views on Islam and on religion in general, which will surely become a controversial point of discussion. Sam states: "More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces." He also writes: "But a belief in martyrdom, a hatred of infidels, and a commitment to violent jihad are not fringe phenomena in the Muslim world. These preoccupations are supported by the Koran and numerous hadith."

Read what seems (to me) to be a message within a message in the following link:

LINK

I have some personal thoughts concerning Muslims (and Moslems) and what should be done about their peculiar beliefs, but I prefer to keep them to myself.

For now.

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Did You Know . . .?

Three crew members from the International Space Station (ISS) returned to Earth Wednesday, 9/10/14, after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a single week, which happened in July. Expedition 40 Commander Steve Swanson of NASA and Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) orbited Earth more than 2,700 times and traveled more than 71.7 million miles.


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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1940, near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings were discovered by four teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog down a narrow entrance into a cavern. The 15,000- to 17,000-year-old paintings, consisting mostly of animal representations, are among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.

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WORD FOR TODAY

promulgate [PROM-uhl-gayt]
verb
1. To make known by public declaration; announce officially.
2. To put (a law) into effect by formal public announcement.
3. To make widespread.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born September 12, 1972)
Gideon Emery is an English actor and voice actor, known for his stage work in South Africa and for providing voices in video games.



(born September 12, 1940
Linda Gray is an American film, stage and television actress, director, producer and former model, best known for her role as Sue Ellen Ewing on the long-running CBS television drama series Dallas (1978–1989).



(born September 12, 1977)
James McCartney is a British musician and songwriter living in London. He is the only son of songwriter and former Beatle Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney.



(born September 12, 1981)
Jennifer Hudson is an American recording artist and actress. As an actress, she made her film debut portraying Effie White in Dreamgirls  for which she gained worldwide acclaim and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also appeared in such films as Sex and the City , The Secret Life of Bees, and Winnie Mandela.

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I believe that writing is derivative. I think good writing comes from good reading.
--Charles Kuralt

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

See You Next Month, Eva

     


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A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
--Will Rogers

I will be going home somewhere around midday. Beyond that, I have nothing newsworthy to report.

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Did You Know . . .?

A huge fan of Spiderman, Hibiki Kono used two vacuum cleaners to successfully create a wall-climbing gadget for a school project when he was 13-years-old.

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HISTORICAL EVENT

On this day in 1976, two jets collided in mid-air over Zagreb, Yugoslavia, killing 176 people. Errors by an air-traffic controller led to this deadly collision. British Airways Flight 476 left Heathrow Airport in London for Istanbul, Turkey, at 9:30 a.m. The Trident 3B was carrying 54 passengers and eight crew members. As the flight reached German air space, an Inex charter airline flight took off from Split on the Yugoslavian coast carrying 108 West German passengers returning to Cologne from a holiday.

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WORD FOR TODAY

lampoon [lam-POON]
noun
1. A written attack ridiculing a person, group, or institution.
2. A light, good-humored satire.
verb
3. to mock or ridicule in a lampoon.

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CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS


(born September 10, 1949)
Bill O'Reilly is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel.



(born September 10, 1953)
Amy Irving is an American actress who appeared in the films Crossing Delancey, The Fury, Carrie, and Yentl as well as on Broadway and Off-Broadway. She was married to director Steven Spielberg; they divorced in 1989 after four years of marriage, with Irving receiving a settlement of $100 million.



(born September 10, 1929)
Arnold Palmer is an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men's professional golf history.



(born September 10, 1955)
Gianina Facio is a Costa Rican actress, who has appeared in a number of films by British film director and producer Ridley Scott. She first worked with Scott in Gladiator. Ever since filming Hannibal she has been Scott's partner. Gladiator marked the first of two collaborations with Russell Crowe in which she plays wife to his character (the other being Body of Lies). 

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If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
--Oscar Wilde

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