Tuesday, June 06, 2017

FIRE AND SMOKE BUT NO COLLUSION IN THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE (WITH OR WITHOUT HIS HEAD)





President Trump:
Please, don't take away my phone. I have to tweet!

Aide:
Donald, you have to stop tweeting so much.

President Trump:
No. Orangutan must Tweet...Tweet...Tweet!

Aide:
Your tweets make you sound like a nut case.

President Trump:
Jobs, jobs, jobs...
Whaboom!



IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES



















Sunday, May 14, 2017

WHOLE NUTS OR HALF NUTS?




I want to thank a company that I called to complain that my can of deluxe whole cashews had too many half nuts.

I love cashews, and so does my little chihuahua.

I give her the half pieces.

I didn't tell the company this.

The company mailed me enough coupons to buy another can of my deluxe whole cashews!



IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND NUTS





Monday, April 24, 2017

SEEING STARS IN KABUL




July 4, 1977. 
As usual, Betty, Michael, Jon and I are together, this time at a picnic on the U.S. Embassy.
 The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and his wife are attending.
I remember our Peace Corps Director was out on the field playing cricket.
It was a warm but windy day.

I went to get some food, and then walked to a canvas-canopied seating area where people were sitting on metal folding chairs. 
I saw a vacant chair and sat down. (A person told me that the U.S. ambassador's wife had just left from this chair). 
 I planned to give her seat back when she returned.

I was getting ready to eat when a sudden gust of wind blew down the tent covering, and one of the large metal poles fell down on my head.
I remember seeing stars...yes, it's true, and not only in the cartoons...and then both eyelids began closing...and darkness came...and I said to myself, "No, I don't want to die now...or pass out!" And then my eyelids started opening, and the darkness disappeared, the stars faded, and it was light again. 

The U.S. Embassy nurse sewed some stitches on the back of my head where the tall pole had struck, and advised me to take it easy.
Betty, who had worked as a nurse at one time herself, was upset that the embassy nurse hadn't kept me for observation for at least a little while.
Betty asked in her raspy voice, "Do you have a headache? Do you feel nauseous?" 
To both questions I answered no, but Betty said that I should notify the medical office as soon as I had any of these symptoms.
Had the pole fallen below my skull just an inch lower, it might have killed me.


IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES

Monday, March 27, 2017

HOMO MACHINA




Ray Kurzweil says when we live in a cybernetic society we will have computers in our brains and machines will be smarter than human beings. 

He claims this is already happening with technology - especially with our addiction to our phones - and says the next step is to wire this technology into our brains.

Singularity is when carbon and silicon-based intelligence will merge to form a single global consciousness.

That leads to computers having human intelligence, our putting them inside our brains, connecting them to the cloud, expanding who we are.”   


Ray Kurzweil, Google's Director of Engineering

 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4319436/Singularity-create-super-humans-Google-expert-claims.html#ixzz4bWhQR2bT
 

Also:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4431314/Elon-Musk-mission-link-human-brains-computers-4-yrs-report.html






Expanding...


Who...

We are.


But who are we?

*

Forget about Charles Darwin, evolution, and Natural Selection.

Men are doing the selecting.
Men are determining evolution.

As Donald Trump likes to say, “It's going to be a beautiful thing.”

Or not.


*

The U.S. Congress needs to have computers in their brains.

They need to be put in the cloud.


So does Donald J. Trump.


ASAP.


*

IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND BRAINS




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CEREBRAL ORGANOIDS


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3825201/Brains-grown-OUTSIDE-human-body-Recipe-creating-working-organs-jar-revealed.html


The goal for many researchers is to develop a brain exactly like a human's.
But some researchers say this would be a step too far.
Dr Martin Coath, from the Cognition Institute at the University of Plymouth, questioned why anyone would ever want to create a 'real' human brain.
'A human brain that was 'fully working' would be conscious, have hopes, dreams, feel pain, and would ask questions about what we were doing to it,' he said.

'Something we have grown in the lab, but on a much simpler level than a human brain, might be hooked up to electronic eyes, ears, and hands and be taught to do something - maybe something that is as sophisticated as many simple living creatures.
'That doesn't seem so far off to me.'







Monday, March 13, 2017

CONFESSIONS






I confess that I do something that I'll call SLOW-MOTION MOUTH,
Or PAUSE THE MOUTH.

I pause my TV, and then move the image forward in slow-motion to see contortions on the mouths of persons speaking.
I know that it's an eccentric quirk.
I guess I should go get some therapy, or go to a rehab center.
In the meantime, I will continue to PAUSE THE MOUTH.

*

I like to make noise makers out of empty boxes.
Small boxes work best.
Like those small raisin boxes.
Celebrate!

*

I don't remember my last confession in a Catholic church.
On my next one I'll say, “Bless me father, I don't remember when I gave my last confession.”

*

As a young boy I searched trash barrels for peanut butter jars, then I ate what was left inside of them.
I know, gross.
I recently read that bacteria doesn't grow easily in peanut butter.
Lucky for me, or I might have died from food poisoning.

*

After I learned that Ernest Hemingway didn't wear underwear, I started doing the same.
I think it was only for a few months.
This occurred when I was living on a tropical island.
I also briefly stopped using commercial deodorants.
I know...
Ehhhh.

*

When I was living in my cottage at Chautauqua
Park, I took a cat down into the city, thinking it would be a better life for him.
I called him black spring.
(This was when I was reading a lot of Henry Miller.)
Anyway, he returned to my cottage after a week.
He had walked about two miles.
Black spring couldn't meow, but he sure had a good sense of smell, or at least a sense to find his way back to my back door.



IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND CONFESSIONS











Friday, March 03, 2017

THE HUMAN BRAIN SEAWEED AND ZIGZAGGING DINOSAUR VERTEBRA










Changing resources about 2.5-2 million years ago may have caused foraging behaviour to shift, leading early hominoids toward the coasts in search of food.



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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4268502/Sauropods-ZIGZAGGING-bones-support-long-necks.html




A side view of the 'zigzagging' sauropod vertebra from a species called Spinophorosaurus nigerensis. The zigzagging bones fit together like a puzzle piece to provide better grip to the bones so one part is not pulled off from the other.



Pictured is a 3D rendering of three Alamosaurus (sauropod's) moving as a herd alongside a tree line.




A 3-D rendering of a Diplodocus browsing a selection of trees with two Pteranodons flying overhead.


During one of my health-nut phases, I started to eat kelp.

This health-nut phase also included eating tons of baked potatoes, and drinking gallons of carrot juice.

I wasn't eating much meat or eggs.

I made a lot of cheese, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches.
In fact, sandwiches were my mainstay.

Seaweed was added as an added ingredient to boost my health.
Or so I believed.
My seaweed diet didn't last that long.

It's news to me now that if humans had not eaten seaweed, we may not have become who (or what) we are.

And what have we become?

Technological Savages, of course.

Blame it on the seaweed.

*

I've always wondered how dinosaurs with very long necks could have walked and talked (well, not talked).

The mystery appears to have been solved:

Sauropod dinosaurs had long necks and reached up to 50 meters in length. 
  • They weighed as much as 77 tons - 14 times the weight of an African elephant
  • They had special 'zigzagging' bones that fit together like pieces of a puzzle
  • This distributed their body weight over a larger area reducing stress at one point
  • The special spinal structure allowed them to have long necks and heavy bodies

    They also had an escalator in their necks to help the food move down their long throats.
    Just kidding.
    IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES SEAWEED AND ZIGZAGGING  DINOSAUR VERTEBRA








Friday, February 24, 2017

READING BETWEEN THE LINES OF THE RED MENACE DONALD TRUMP'S INAUGURAL SPEECH AND CHAOS RUNNING LIKE A FINE-TUNED MACHINE




"Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you [and especially Vladimir Putin].

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to
rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. [Buy your gas masks now while they're available.]

Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come. [We will watch oceans rise and the carbon footprint expand.]

We will face challenges. [We will challenge faces.] We will confront hardships, but we will get the job done. [And speaking of jobs, we will throw safety regulations out the window!]

Every four years we gather on these steps [as do the pigeons] to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
[Forget that I ever questioned your legitimacy or said that you were not an American citizen.]

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning because, today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people. [And to millionaires and billionaires such as myself.]

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
[I am just an ego-maniacal, narcissistic billionaire.]
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. [Just ignored]
Everyone is listening to you now.
[And surveillance cameras are watching you].
You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
[Forget that your Medicare and Social Security benefits will decrease or disappear, or that your public schools may no longer be funded, or that Global Warming will flood your cities.] .
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities [Let them live on a low minimum wage], rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash [That I will flush down the toilet!]...this American carnage stops right here and stops right now.



We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. [Do I sound like a fuhrer?]
We will shine for everyone to follow. [Buy a lot of aluminum foil.]
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. [We will also eradicate clean water and clean air, but we will create a lot of jobs.]
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and, through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. [I do sound like a fuhrer. Who is writing this stuff?]
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it. [Yes, I tweet, and I will continue to do so.]
The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
[So says the fuhrer.]
We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the histories of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow.
[But in the meantime we will unlock as much coal and petroleum as we can from the earth!]
Thank you. God bless you and god bless America. Thank you. God bless America."


IT'S ABOUT RENEWABLE RESOURCES AND CHAOS