PSA-171130-A Wise Man Said

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Thomas Jefferson
 
His Portrait is on the Two $2.00
Dollar Bill.
 
Thomas Jefferson
was a very remarkable man who started
learning very
early in life and never stopped.
 
At 5, began
studying under his cousin’s tutor.
 
At 9, studied
Latin, Greek and French.
 
At 14, studied
classical literature and additional languages.
 
At 16, entered
the College of William and Mary.
Also could write in Greek with one hand
while writing the same in Latin with the other.
 
At 19, studied
Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
 
At 23, started
his own law practice.
 
At 25, was
elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
 
At 31, wrote the
widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America” And
retired from his law practice.
 
At 32, was a
delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
 
At 33, wrote the
Declaration of Independence.
 
At 33, took
three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education
bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
 
At 36, was
elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick
Henry.
 
At 40, served in
Congress for two years.
 
At 41, was the
American minister to France and
negotiated commercial treaties with
European nations
along with Ben
Franklin and John Adams..
 
At 46, served as
the first Secretary of State
under George
Washington..
 
At 53, served as
Vice President and was elected
president of the American Philosophical
Society.
 
At 55, drafted
the Kentucky Resolutions and
became the active head of Republican
Party.
 
At 57, was
elected the third president of the
United
States.
 
At 60, obtained
the Louisiana Purchase doubling
the nation’s
size.
 
At 61, was
elected to a second term as President.
 
At 65, retired
to Monticello ..
 
At 80, helped
President Monroe shape the
Monroe
Doctrine.
 
At 81, almost
single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first
president.
 
At 83, died on
the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along
with John Adams.
 
Thomas Jefferson
knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government.
He understood
actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature
of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand
today.
 
Jefferson really
knew his stuff.
 
A voice from the
past to lead us in the future:
 
John F. Kennedy
held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds
in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps
the assembly of
the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in
the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined
alone.”
 
 
“When we
get piled upon one another in large cities, as in
Europe,
we shall
become as corrupt as Europe “
Thomas
Jefferson
 
“The
democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are
willing to work and give to those who would not.”


Thomas
Jefferson
 
“It is
incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the
world.”


Thomas
Jefferson
 
“I
predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of
them.”

Thomas
Jefferson
 
“My
reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results
from too much government.”
Thomas
Jefferson
 
“No free
man shall ever be debarred the use of
arms.”
Thomas
Jefferson
 
“The
strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms
is,
as a
last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
government..”


Thomas
Jefferson
 
“The
tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to
time
with the
blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Thomas
Jefferson
 
“To
compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves
and
abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”

Thomas
Jefferson
 
Thomas
Jefferson said in 1802:
 
“I
believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than
standing armies.
 
If the
American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their
currency,
first by
inflation, then by deflation,
the
banks and corporations that will grow up around
the banks
will
deprive the people of all property –
until
their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
conquered.”

War Horses and Stone Masons

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Wow! I just finished reading Ken Follett’s Pillars of the Earth. WOW because the book is just short of a thousand pages long, and wow because the story is amazing, entertaining, and spell binding. Follett claims to be an atheist, but his book is mainly about the Catholic Church in England in the years 1123-1174. Of course when one writes a story about a period that far removed from us it can be false, and sound real. I believe this story to be based on real life in the 1100’s.

This epic is based on one man’s dream to build a cathedral. I visited cathedrals in Munich, London, and Montreal, and was totally awe-struck by the immensity of the buildings. How in the hell did they ever build this building in an age before modern machines? Pillars of the Earth explains how it was done in a fictional story that takes place over a period of fifty-one years. That is how long it takes to make a cathedral using manual labor.

The story line contains so many, characters, plots, and lives I found myself living in the period as an observer. If this story were made into a movie it would require ten or more two-hour episodes to tell, and I will watch every chapter.

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I love history and this is an era of history when Knights, and Kings, and Earls ruled the civilized world of Europe. Today’s kids and parents will go into shock when they learn that girls a young as fourteen were given into marriage, or that couples found having sex before marriage were given penance to live apart for a year before they could be married in the church. They would learn that life for the privileged was far different from the life of someone who did not have money to live on. The 1100’s gave meaning to the term “street people.” Common folk lived in homes of one or two rooms with little to no furnishings. Families slept in one room, and kids learned about sex by watching the action around them. Food was simple; usually dry bread and watered down beer. Workers were paid a penny a day. Families lived on six pennies a week. Kids worked. Royalty, lived much better, but a family of 2017 lives much better than did the royalty of 1117.

I rate this story at five stars, but it is equal to reading four normal books.

What Is Justice?

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

After watching about nine minutes of Kaepernick’s interview I have some questions of my own.
What is his definition of justice? Does it mean an eye for an eye, or does it mean you are entitled to a trial by a jury of your peers. A few of his points may have some validity like cops assuming all blacks are evil, and are guilty until proven innocent. He cites an example of an experience he had where he and some team mates were moving into a house in an all white neighborhood, and the cops showed up, entered the house unannounced, and began to ask questions. Again, I have a question for Kaepernick. Isn’t the crime rate for young black men higher than any other age or race group? If I were a cop I’d be very careful of how I approached a black guy during a call. My step son was a cop, and he had an experience where he caught a guy leaving the scene of a robbery.(It was in the middle of the night, all businesses were closed and this guy was coming out of a window). He apprehended the guy, but the perp resisted. They wound up in a wrestling match. The man he caught happened to be black. In his futile attempt to escape the perp bit my son on the forearm. Son lost the use of his arm for several weeks due to nerve damage. After the whole thing went down the perp filed a lawsuit against my son citing a violation of his civil rights.
If Colin wants to do some good for his people, and this country he should use his notoriety to teach young, and old men of color not to do stupid things when a gun is pointed at them, or when a cop is shouting stop.

Kaepernick sees only through his black eyes, and does not see what is happening with his white eyes. How can he know that blacks are oppressed when he has not seen the white side of things? He can only assume that the whites are being treated with more justice than the blacks. His idea of justice is warped too. Just means all people are treated fairly. Our system uses a well f=defined set of laws to define how people are to be judged. Our police are trained in methods of restraint, capture, and self-defense. On the self defense side when someone is threatening you, you have but nano seconds to decide how you will react. Often your training will summon you to shoot first and ask questions later. Otherwise your widow may be the one seeking justice, which is usually a sentence to jail.

Kaepernick should be very careful about his scheme to fight for the oppressed it may well backfire on him.

Heroes Of the Past Vs Heroes of Today

A friend sent this story. I have read it many times before, and love it. Told by a man who was a son of one of the marines who planted the flag on Iwo Jima in WWII.

This is why I stand and hold my hand over my heart

Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC , with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capitol, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.

On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II.

Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’

I told him that we were from Wisconsin . ‘Hey, I’m a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you a story.’ (It was James Bradley who just happened to be in Washington , DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington , DC , but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night.)

When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)

‘My name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.

‘Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team.. They were off to play another type of game. A game called ‘War.’ But it didn’t turn out to be a game Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don’t say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in
Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old – and it was so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their families about it.

(He pointed to the statue) ‘You see this next guy? That’s Rene Gagnon from New Hampshire. If you took Rene’s helmet off at the moment this photo was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a photograph…a photograph of his girlfriend Rene put that in there for protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys who won the battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old men.

‘The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sergeant Mike Strank. Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the ‘old man’ because he was so old. He was already 24. When Mike would
motivate his boys in training camp, he didn’t say, ‘Let’s go kill some Japanese’ or ‘Let’s die for our country’ He knew he was talking to little boys.. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you home to your mothers.’

‘The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima . He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero’ He told reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?’

So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken.

‘The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky . A fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, ‘Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn’t get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.’ Yes, he was a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19. When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm. The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.


‘The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin , where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite’s producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say ‘No, I’m sorry, sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell ‘s soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press.

‘You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ’cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.

‘When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.’

‘So that’s the story about six nice young boys.. Three died on Iwo Jima , and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.’

Suddenly, the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
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for heroes of today. . . see the next post

LIFE 3.0

I just completed reading “Life 3.0, Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.”  This was not one of my better selections, but I read it to the end anyway. The subject intrigued me. I first heard the term Artificial Intelligence used some thirty years ago, and it didn’t hurt me to finally learn something about the topic. Artificial intelligence refers to super computers with programs that learn, and adapt quickly. The only real example of AI that I know of is the IBM computer that beat the world champion Russian chess player at chess.

Behind the scenes that I am familiar with there is an army of people developing software and hardware to think like humans. The current rage of robots need AI to exist. Author Max Tegmark is obviously a genius at AI. He teaches at MIT and writes about two miles over my feeble brain level. I thoroughly enjoyed the Prelude titled The Tale of the Omega Team. This is a well drafted story of robots gifted with AI, and how they develop into a force we don’t want to reckon with. When I began reading The Tale of the Omega Team the story was totally believable given the advanced level of today’s technology. The story hooked me into complete concentration, but as the narrative developed I began to suspect Omega Team was toying with me. It was. As Omega used its experiences to learn, he quickly adapted to become smarter and smarter surpassing his creator in intelligence. The story became more and more preposterous, but still very believable. The Tale of the Omega Team could very well become a TV series.

The last two chapters were also very engrossing. Tegmark’s discussion on consciousness is very insightful, and one realizes that making an AI machine into a real human requires consciousness. How to do that is another monumental task. The last chapter deals with the people who are currently developing AI. However, they agree that developers need a set of rules by which to guide themselves to keep from creating AI monsters.

The chapters in between the Prelude and Consciousness were so steeped in physics, philosophy, and mathematics that I found them about as exciting as I did during college reading my books on differential equations, and meta-physics. The physics discussions were so far beyond my comprehension that I could have skipped them and been just as satisfied. Most probably, that is because my knowledge of physics peaked in 1960, and the physics in this tome has developed since then.

I enjoyed reading this book, but I am glad I finished. Because of the level of difficulty I have to rate this book at three stars. However, I rate the prelude, The Tale of the Omega Team five stars.

 

NFL Racism

How does the NFL get away with its racist policies? It seems to  me that any organization that is made up of 75% of one race is tilted in the direction of being racist.  Where is the outrage by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Better yet, where is the outrage of whites? Why didn’t Obama and Eric Holder begin legal measures aimed at making the NFL more racially balanced? This country is so afraid of being criticized by Leftists, and the news media that we are no longer sensitive to the pin pricks of abuse against us. The NFL is not alone in this situation the NBA is even more racially unbalanced. We adore our sports heroes, but cast aside people of color who under perform in schools, or who no longer marry to have families. Instead we pay for their care via welfare, and laws promoting single motherhood, or we promote abortions to people of color because by reducing the population we hold our welfare costs down. What have we become?

My friends will argue that only the best athletes are selected to play in the NFL. Yes he is correct, but how come when it is time to go to college the laws favor the under-educated kids of color over the really smart white kids? Shouldn’t we be selecting kids for college that know how to read instead of on the color of their skin?

Life is not fair, and racism isn’t either, but neither is racial favoritism. Is there any difference between racism and racial favoritism? Not really, except racism carries the stigma of hate while racial favoritism sounds less hateful. The best thing we can do today is to repeal the stupid welfare laws that make having babies out-of-wedlock profitable. It is a practice worse than running for Congress because they have a good pension plan. My guess is that if we were to repeal these laws there would be total war in the country the likes of which we have never fought.

Things will only get worse as time moves on. All the jobs that poorly educated people could hold have been 1.) exported to another country where there is no welfare, and people value work, or 2.) the same job that didn’t require an education now does because the process machinery is computer controlled, and not everyone can handle that. As our country now moves into the information age, our worker force must also, and just like the NFL, and NBA only the best will be chosen for the jobs.

My argument above about why uneducated people can’t hold is fallacious. We love illegal immigrants because they are uneducated, and will take the mundane jobs at low pay that our poorly educated people of color will not.  Why should they take jobs at low wages when welfare pays more? One argument for a higher minimum wage is so that a minimum wage job pays more than being on welfare.

What the USA needs is to shut down and reboot. We are so over-burdened with stupid laws and benefits that we can no longer function without constant trouble. A reboot may be a way to begin with fresh uncluttered programs, and allow us to be productive again.

PSA-170928-More Useless Info

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Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years.
Your Tongue is the only muscle In your body that is attached at only one end.
If you Stop getting thirsty you need to drink more water. When a human body
is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
Zero Is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
Drinking Water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help digestion and curb appetite.
Peanut Oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.
The Roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
Nine out Of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
The Banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
Airports At higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
The Tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.
In Ancient Greece, Tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935!
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
A Comet’s’ tail always points away from the sun.
The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
The Military salute is a
Motion that evolved from medieval times,
when knights in armor raised
Their visors to
reveal their identity.
If you Get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, 
You can see stars, even In the middle of the day.
When a Person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
In Ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
Mickey Mouse is known as “Topolino” in Italy.
Soldiers Do not march in step when Going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
Everything weighs one percent less at the Equator.
For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed
at lift-off.
The Letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
And last but Not least:  
This is Called ‘Money Bags, so send this on to 5 people and money will arrive in 5 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of the year.

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