(I’m going to stick this at the top of the page until I have a handle on what’s going on.)
Off and on the past few days, I have been experiencing random time-outs when trying to connect to my website.
I have high blood pressure. Fortunately, my medicines do not include extra added jet fuel. (Also, you will not see the medicines I’m prescribed advertised on TV because they are generic, cheap, and effective, with minimal side effects. They fail all the tests for drugs advertised on television!)
Learn more here.
Does anyone else have the sneaking suspicion that Facebook’s “engineers” don’t know what they are doi–oh, never mind.
The hunt for politeness goes international.
On this occasion, up to 18 hunters were taking part, but apparently failed to notice the rider, who was wearing bright clothes and easily identifiable, according to the investigating source.
Rex Stout, in the voice of Archie Goodwin:
I have no TV favorites, because most of the programs seem to be intended for either the under-brained or the over-brained and I come in between . . . .
Stout, Rex, If Death Ever Slept (New York: Bantam, 1992), p. 35.
Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Adeena Bank Lees offers some suggestions for avoiding drowning in the flood of news (much of which isn’t news, but opinion, and often isn’t even new, but a rehash of a rehash of a rehash).
Here’s one (emphasis in the original):
4. Limit your time consuming all forms of media communications. If you have to set a timer, do it. Being informed about what is happening in our world is important, but being overwhelmed takes away our ability to act constructively.
Follow the link for her other suggestions.
I would add one. If you depend on “social” media for news, don’t. Verify those tweets and Facebook posts at legitimate, accredited sources before you believe them and for heaven’s sakes before you forward them to others.
Twists and deception spread as fact are bait for the gullible.
The best defense is not to be gullible.
Oh, and speaking of gullible . . . .
Thom and his guest explore the twisted history of the phrases, the “American Dream” and “American first.”
I wonder what he would have thought about an incompetent extremist?
I stumbled over this in my AARP bulletin: Pointers on dealing with spam phone calls.
I swear the AARP knew when I turned 50 before I did. I joined, because, though I have some grumps with them, I generally support their positions.
Shortly after I joined, I was on a business trip to Princeton, N. J. The young whippersnapper at the front desk of the hotel reeled of the list of discounts they offered and an AARP discount was one of them. I said, “I qualify for the AARP discount.” (I was on expenses which would be billed back to the customer, but why waste money?)
He replied, “Yes, sir.”
I asked, “Don’t you want to see my card?” He declined.
I have never forgiven him.
Werner Herzog’s Bear looks at the spread of new Fascism (he calls it “Fascism 2.0”) and is not optimistic. Here’s a bit:
Fascism 2.0 has adapted to our modern world. It knows to avoid flagrant fascist symbolism and to cling to respectability. It knows that once you deny something, i.e., “I was NOT flashing a white power symbol,” the media will automatically report the controversy and give up on finding the truth. Fascism 2.0 is kicking Jean Marie Le Pen out of the party, but still espousing all of the old ideas. Fascism 2.0 uses the fringe nasties like neo-Nazis and Klansmen to pretend that it does not hold the same essential beliefs, that those hated groups are the “real fascists,” not the Stephen Millers of the world (who so clearly are.) It knows not to reach for absolute dictatorship, but to leave just enough wiggle room to say “see, people here have freedoms.”
Please do read the rest.