A New Year - and new additions to the Blog -
|Trying to organize things here|
|Trying to organize things here|
Location:Sandpiper Lane NW,Calgary,Canada
My last post had me wondering if I should keep this Blog going. The short answer is – yes I will. It’s going to be a bit of a change to the blog itself and my career blog View from the Plateau – are being updated and syndicated. I’m moving from an ex-blogger to a part-time blogger to help build my professional networks, and will be posting and sharing material here and at my Facebook and G+ pages. Time to start my changes to the systems to make this work.
I just posted a new article at View from the Plateau – which was the result of a phishing e-mail I got through my LinkedIn account. And it’s got me thinking as well. I’ve been posting and lurking on a number of sites, reading a lot of RSS feeds and spending a lot of time on email and Facebook, with the result that my blogging has suffered. I’ve not even updated either for months, and there are two articles sitting in draft form that need to be finished. The short form on the Twitter and reading the newsfeeds from my iPad has cut back on sitting down and writing long form posts. I’ve also been lax in getting graphics done for the posts – as the linking of the latest missive at View ends up plastering my visage all over Facebook and Google+. These new mini blogging platforms – and Twitter as well are moving to more and more graphics – and less and less text.
Location:Sandpiper Lane NW,Calgary,Canada
The American Spectator and AmSpecBlog – Ben Stein
"I have told you before, my friends, that the bowels have a powerful effect on the brain and it’s true. “A good set of bowels is worth any quantity of brains,” said Dr. Johnson....
...America is now just a blind, helpless Cyclops, eye poked out by Obama’s innate confusion and rage about what America is.
American leadership is just a memory. American military dominance will soon be just a memory. In five years, we have become a laughingstock. “Yes, we can… commit suicide,” is the new motto. And the worst part is that the GOP does not have any better ideas. Lower taxes are more important than defence? Are they serious? China as a benevolent world leader? I guess that’s the future.
Mr. Obama actually claims that he has al Qaeda on the run. That’s just plain insanity. Al Qaeda is a mighty force from the Atlantic to the Pacific in the Moslem world. They are not a few guys in a cave. This is a worldwide force. We have to be honest about it, not make up fairy tales. Al Qaeda is a really big deal and a terrifying deal. Does Mr. Obama truly not know it?
Oh, and that sound you hear? That’s the America we of my generation know and love being shoved down the garbage disposal of a world which used to fear us and now laughs at us. It is our own fault. These people didn’t elect themselves. Yes, the media is largely to blame, but a nation that could not choose a John McCain over a Barack Obama has lost its way badly.
This Sunday I decided to do a little "enterprising". Or what used to be called roving when I worked at the Herald. Just go out and see what's happening around the town and shoot a photo or two. So I went out to the new Symon's Valley Ranch New Farmers market.
Catching up on some filling and paying with a new posting software. Quote of the day:
As Thomas Reed wrote, "[o]ne of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
Democracy values each man at his highest; socialism makes of each man an agent, an instrument, a number. Democracy and socialism have but one thing in common-equality. But note well the difference. Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.
Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain
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It’s been quite a while since I created a blog article from scratch – so I gave myself an assignment on this great Sunday. Took in the new Penguin Plunge Exhibit at the Calgary Zoo. And of course, couldn’t go without taking a picture. (or two)
Reminds me of my Calgary Herald days – this would have made a great Roaming shot – or an illustration of for an article on the new attraction. Which is most of my stuff I have loaded into my online albums stored at Picasa.
One out of many – over 27,000 according to the last upload count. But there is a nagging problem I have with Picasa web albums and that is for some reason – using the name tagging feature is sharing photos from my archive on Google+. Now something like this I have no problem sharing, but the more private stuff sometimes gets exposed. Short of taking all 27 K of photos offline, I can't think of a good way to set this up.
Any suggestions welcome.
Found this over at SDA.
The same liberals who believed that they could simultaneously go to the moon, fight the Cold War, fight a hot war in Vietnam and Texas-size the New Deal with the Great Society would come crashing down to earth, and become obsessed with a whole host of reasons why the nation — and the planet — were royally screwed. Environmentalism, zero population growth, a so-called energy crisis and a whole plethora of other doubts were the symptoms of a self-created mental depression that once manic liberals found themselves wallowing in during the entire 1970s.
By Ross Kaminsky on 10.4.11 @ 6:09AM
Humans live in deserts and in the Arctic. We live in places like Denver and Chicago, each of which will see temperatures over more than a 100-degree (F) range in the course of a year -- and routinely a 30 or 40 degree range in a day (or 20 in an hour) in the mountains and deserts. ….. We invent air conditioning and efficient heating systems. We have nearly eliminated smallpox and polio, two of the greatest scourges of eras past. In other words, we adapt to our environment -- in those cases when we can't adapt our environment to us.
For that reason, it defies common sense to believe that man-made global warming, even if it were real, would have the devastating impact that its anti-capitalist, wealth-redistributionist proponents claim….
….it's also because the solutions proposed, i.e. to stop using energy, are based on an obvious, even if never-ever-ever-ever-stated by the left, premise that people who live on 21st century Earth are too stupid to adapt to a changing environment -- even though we have as a species, even without the benefit of modern technology, done just that for millennia.
Watching the election returns for the PC party tonight – I was reminded of a quote from a favourite book of mine “Skinny Legs and All”
"The monkey wrench in the progressive machinery of primate evolution was the propensity of the primate band to take its political leaders - its dominant males - too seriously. Of benefit to the band only when it was actively threatened by predators, the dominant male (or political boss) was almost wholly self-serving and was naturally dedicated not to liberation but to control. Behind his chest-banging and fang display, he was largely a joke and could be kept in his place (his place being that of a necessary evil) by disrespect and laughter. If, for example, when Hitler stood up to rant in the beer halls of Munich, the good drinkers had taken him more lightly, had they, instead of buying his act, snickered and hooted and pelted him with sausage skins, the Holocaust might have been avoided. Of course, as long as there were willing followers, there would be exploitative leaders. And there would be willing followers until humanity reached that philosophical plateau where it recognized that its great mission in life had nothing to do with any struggle between classes, races, nations, or ideologies, but was, rather, a personal quest to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain. On that quest, politics was simply a roadblock of stentorian baboons."
“We approach the Divine by enlarging our souls and lighting up our brains. To expedite those two things may be the mission of our existence….. But such activity runs counter to the aspirations of commerce and politics. Politics is the science of domination, and persons in the process of enlargement and illumination are notoriously difficult to control. Therefore, to protect its vested interests, politics usurped religion a very long time ago.”
Most of the Stentorian Baboons where holding mikes in the faces of other Baboons. FAH – I’m going to bed – find out in the morning who “Won”.
I will be experimenting with the layout and content of both Blogs in the next little while. Trying to make something that looks good and handles the longer writings I am planning for some content. I’m trying to get this working across all of the social sites I use, the idea being write once – post many places. That and solve the multiple posting problem on Facebook.
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its
votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in
a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic
apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries, improvident
habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of
commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the
followers of the Prophet rule or live.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and
refinement, the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that
in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine,
must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of
Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Muslims may show splendid qualities, but the
influence of the religion paralyses the social development of
those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from
being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing
faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa,
raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that
Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the
science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization
of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient
Sir Winston Churchill; (Source: The River War, first edition,
Vol. II, pages 248-50 London)
This time from Napoleon Bonaparte, speaking about his conquests in Egypt.
Le musulman est soit à vos pieds, ou à la gorge"
“The Muslim is either at your feet, or at your throat”
September 27, 2011
Obama Leads the Liberalism ParadeBy Joseph Ashby
Beyond the realm of material things, liberalism is an ideology of conceit. The liberal believes that if he doesn't run the universe, everything will fall to pieces….
The reality is that long before liberals came to power, recessions ended, medicine advanced, and Americans were educated. Furthermore, we would continue to progress (and at a faster rate) without a Vishnuian political class which believes it must control the world.
Read it all here
Macaulay, Gibbon, Plato etc. must train the muscles to wield that sword to the greatest effect. This is indeed a nice subdivision of the term "education". The result of one kind of learning is valued by what you know. Of the other by what you are.
The latter is far more important - but it is useless in the total absence of the former. A judicious proportion should be observed. How many people forgot this!
The education of the school-boy - and of nearly all undergraduates aims only at stocking the mind with facts. I have no ambition to "stifle my spark of intelligence under the weight of literary fuel" but I appreciate the power of facts. Hence my toil.
From New-Wave Conservatives and the Lesson of Churchill courtesy of American Thinker
I have been updating some materials and moving things over to Google +, after I got a invite. I really like the new system and will be heading over there.
If you would like an invite – The QR code on is on page – just scan with your QR code and Bob’s your uncle. Or of course, just click on this link: https://plus.google.com/_/notifications/ngemlink?path=%2F%3Fgpinv%3DgvFnBD5h9gc%3ATX1FdPOgYhY - which is really silly.
Or even e-mail me through the site and if I have any invites left – I’ll forward them on. If you want to add me to your circles – just use firstname.lastname@example.org.
I often read Ben Stein’s Diary on the American Spectator – and they are great little pieces of nostalgia and celebration of the small things in life that should be enjoyed. Ben is at that time of life were he has the ability to sit back and “smell the roses” as he gives thanks for each day. A great way to live. What I enjoyed about a recent column wasn’t the column itself, but rather the postscript.
A LITTLE POSTSCRIPT. I notice that the papers and the Internet talk about the big losses on the stock markets yesterday as being based on "...waves of investor panic..." Nonsense. The selling is done by billionaire traders and immense hedge funds and high frequency traders who seek to make money by selling, then tricking others into selling even more, then covering their shorts at lower prices. This is not Ma and Pa Kettle calling their broker and selling their 1000 shares of AT&T. It is cynical, calculated manoeuvring by cold, clever people. It isn't illegal, but you buy into it at your peril. These people are not the ordinary investors' friend. They will use any and every excuse and rationale to "explain" their behaviour, but it's all about trying to outwit the next guy.
To quote Patton in the movie Patton, it's "… not about dying for your country. It is about making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." That's the attitude of the traders. They're not bad people. They're just trying to get rich quick, but that's not illegal.. But don't believe this nonsense about Wall Streeters' "panic." They're the bosses and they're not panicked at all. They're making money while YOU are panicked.
Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes "Ben Stein's Diary" for every issue of The American Spectator.
Rush Limbaugh On the S&P downgrade
World War II, we had a AAA credit rating, and we lose it now, and for what? For what great purpose did we lose it? Except an ideological hatred of American capitalism and a love of class warfare, what did we lose our AAA rating for? A naked effort to get still more and more money to buy votes. A never-ending quest for power, that's why we lost our AAA credit rating.