Archive for the ‘humor’ Category


Friday, January 2nd, 2015

How did you spend 2014?  What did you learn and how did you make yourself a better person?


Ellen Degeneres took a selfie with Meryl Streep and other very famous and successful actors.  They are just like us, sometimes a bit self-centered, sometimes a bit silly, and sometimes just feeling in the moment.  Perhaps this tweet could teach us to lighten up, be silly, impress yourself sometimes and enjoy the moment.


Ellen selfie with celebs







The fight for net neutrality — why should we care and why should we vote for those who care?

“the company that connects you to the internet
does not get to control what you do on the internet.”  

— Public Knowledge

 It doesn’t take much research to understand the importance of speaking loud and often to help our elected politicians understand the need to keep the internet open for innovation and out of the hands of the cable companies and monopolies who might use it for the public bad and the corporate good.
Is the media at fault because we love drama, or are we?
Police vs young black men, dismantling Obamacare, beheadings, unfound planes, Robin Williams suicide, and Ebola. 
Surely remarkable and intellectual things were happening while we were blasted with a constant barrage of dark and bad news.  The sinister is much too easy to find on TV while we must research the profound and delightful that is all around.
So much news the rest of the world found to be exciting — why not us?
The Scots voted to stay with the UK rather than to become independent. 
Rosetta landed on a comet. 
Pope Francis — what a cool guy he is! 
Mom and Maven went to Mars. 
Matteo Renzi became the Prime Minister of Italy. 
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. reported more than $9 billion in sales on November 11, 2014 (one day).
“Should Scotland be an independent country? –>  UK Prime Minister David Cameron reacted elatedly with the following words “it would have broken my heart to see our United Kingdom come to an end and I know that this sentiment was shared not just by people across our country but also around the world.”  (Here in America we were interested in Kim’s baby bump)
 scotlandgotta love Scotland
“In the nail-biting months before the landing, the team awakens Rosetta from three years of power-saving hibernation, manually navigates the craft through unexplored areas of the solar system, catches up to Comet 67P in a delicate cat-and-mouse orbiting dance, and releases a washing-machine-sized lander (named Philae) onto the comet’s surface.”  Rosetta got its stone –> ha, I crack myself up.
rosetta comet 67p
This persuasive pope has sparked new enthusiasm around the world for the Catholic church and has flexed his political muscles internationally.  He complements the new relationship between the United States and Cuba, speaks out against income inequality,  legitimizes climate change, and slams “trickle-down” economics.
Pope Francis Quote
India and US are orbiting Mars with the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mom) and Nasa’s  Maven (stands for something about the atmosphere and volatile Mission), so anyway, –> “The two different spacecraft entered the Martian territory with the sole motive to study the planet and look for possible signs of life”.  We are no longer the only game in town, perhaps it is time to stop shooting each other.
mom and maven
“Matteo Renzi has been nicknamed “II Rottamatore” (the scrapper), owing to his decision to amend the entire political system of Italy that is widely inflicted with corruption”–>(Lets watch and see).
Matteo Renzi
That Alibaba record is just scarey –> “This illustrates the growing buying power of the Chinese consumers along with the prowess of E-commerce giant in the online space”.   Care about the world, buy locally grown and produced and stop feeding the corporate business model.
jack ma
How about the planet?  How did the planet fare in 2014?
microplastics that you can’t see are in our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and drinking water.  Tiny specks of plastic that are purposefully used in toothpaste and face wash are accumulating in our water supply and they will never go away.   The good news is smart people are bringing it to our attention and so big companies like Proctor and Gamble and Johnson and Johnson are taking them out of their products.  The other good news is more and more towns and states are banning Styrofoam and plastic bags.
U.N. official Anthony Banbury told reporters we will see the number of Ebola cases brought to zero by the end of 2015.  Boy I hope that’s true. 
The panic was not productive and the misinformation disgraced and vilified the fine people who were working tirelessly to save lives. 


and Joe Cocker left this world…
joe cocker

drown out the truth?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

So, are you tired of being yelled at?

I prefer the gently assertive, formal,  exchange of thoughtful information that doesn’t seem possible anymore.  What is with that?  Why is everyone yelling?  All this yelling and no one is listening.

There is also the fear of the unknown that is driven into our minds by the media, which is paid by speculators and gamblers.  I won’t even get in to the religious zealots that feed their line of garbage that plays on faith.  They are yelling, because if they yell loud enough people can’t hear the truth.

Meantime, 19 year olds are aiming bullets at each others heads in some sandy venue in the name of religious zealots, media hype, speculators, gamblers and that coveted Kardashian lifestyle.

Step away from the yellers and reflect in silence.  Listen to your heart and mind and seek truth.

Rush to judgement

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Ronald Reagan quoted movies and he loved his wife.  GOP/ Religious right folks love quotes and the appearance of monogamy.  No one really cares if you love your wife or if you are faithful.  Many men who say grace before dinner have or at least intend to have sex with a women who is not their wife.












Women are sluts if they have sex and don’t intend to have children.  I guess we should just get used to the word because almost every woman I know has used birth control in order to have sex without the desire to have children.  I’m so grateful to live in modern times.  Women can give birth without intense pain thanks to epidurals.  Women can decide not to get pregnant by taking birth control.  What a wonderful world!  I’m guessing most men agree.


















It is disingenuously misleading for the Catholic Exchange to claim that Obama’s Healthcare package mandates birth control for all women.  What it does state is that all insurance companies and employers need to allow birth control for women who want it.  This is “Huge Caroline”.












A huge difference that is.  The GOP is so opposed to our president they are shooting themselves in the foot with this one.

If the catholic church or any church for that matter wants to instill the doctrine of the church within the laws of the United States, doesn’t that go against the constitution?  Shouldn’t they pay taxes if they are so involved in healthcare law and its policies?  Isn’t the provision of birth control for women who want it a good thing for America?

I wonder if Nancy used birth control?

If they keep taking…

Monday, March 14th, 2011

If they keeping taking from the middle class the American dream will cease to exist.


We’ll exile ourselves to places like  Costa Rica, Italy, Germany and Norway for the same reasons our forefathers came to America.  Us worker bees will leave the tyrannical hedge fund managers and their big oil buddies to play with their —  own 401k’s.

It might be a good thing — no one left to fight their wars.  Perhaps they’ll stop booting out the illegal aliens;  who may be needed to clean their mansions and perform CPR on their stressed out hearts?


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010




Do you think otherworldly influences try to message us?   Earthquakes, Tsunami’s, Hurricanes and volcanoes.  Remember the Iceland Volcano that caused flights all over the world to stop.    Religious extremists said that bad things were happening because of our heathen ways. 

Scientists disagree about the causes of these anomalies according to what corporation is paying them to say what. 

George Carlin said the earth is going to shake us off like a bad case of fleas. 

I look at this photo of the Iceland Volcano that disrupted air traffic for weeks and think maybe the message is  —   we need to stop —  for awhile and hang out on cots and talk about stuff with strangers in large rooms.












 While millions lamented their misfortune a few military families were able to keep Dad home a few more days because of the volcanic ash and flight cancellations.






   It can be a wonderfully mysterious world eh?

smarter, gentler

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Well, hello.  Are you lunch?

A Polar bear dives underwater.

This diver is hitching a ride on the fin of a 50 foot female humpback whale in the Pacific Ocean.

Wildlife photographer James D. Watt photographing Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, Pacific Ocean. A moment of contact. This fully-grown, 50 foot female humpback whale was so curious she sought physical contact with this diver. She was so big and m

These are manta rays feeding on plankton.  I think if I saw them coming at me I wouldn’t stop to take a picture. I’d be glad they were eating plankton and not me.  Did you know manta rays are related to sharks.  They’re brains are bigger though, so, they’re smarter and gentler.  I wonder if all species get gentler as they get smarter?


Remind you of a Chevron or Monsanto CEO?

Bruce Yates loves taking pictures underwater, and the investment manager obviously has spent a long in the water because the wildlife is starting to recognise him!  Bruce took this image of a smiling lemon shark in The Bahamas as it swam a few inches from

This smiling great white brings to mind former Congressman Richard Baker from Louisiana. He reportedly, took home a salary of One million in 2008 in the hedge fund industry.  The hedge fund billionaires hired him while he was still overseeing the House Financial Subcommittee on Capital Markets.  That seems fishy doesn’t it?

A diver has captured a photograph of a great white shark approaching his camera with a toothy grin like that of Bruce, the terror of the 2003 film Finding Nemo

Look at this Beluga Whale blowing bubbles!  You just want to hug him.

A beluga whale exhails a bubble ring as part of a performance at the aquarium AQUAS in Hamada, some 700 km (434 miles) southwest from Tokyo, on July 26, 2008.  Beluga whales in a Japanese aquarium have attracted thousands of visitors this summer but not b

Last but not least I didn’t want to leave out this little sparkly fellow

Colourful nudibranchs commonly known as sea slugs photographed by Thomas Vignaud off the coast of southern France

I got all of these pictures from the earth picture galleries at www,

Fun science

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Wouldn’t it be better if the TV personalities would talk serenely about facts rather than loudly bashing someone or some idea.   Wouldn’t it be better if we stopped listening to them;  just shut them off, because we were all two busy admiring people who are discovering and inventing stuff. Science claims that basically we are herd animals.  Maybe we need to classify ourselves as a home planet herd.  We’ll just push the loudmouths to the outside of the herd for the lions to eat.

the desire to classify is inherent in humans, as we crave a sense of order. Similarly,  humans are predisposed to impose group boundaries and to see outsiders as a threat. We seek every opportunity to identify with a home land, a home tribe, a home religion, a home team, and to declare everybody else the enemy.

Wheee – chromosomes!


Human DNA By ed_case

But some of you are doing fascinating things with your timecheck it out

Inventor Shawn Frayne has come up with a device that harnesses the power of wind without any rotating parts. Instead, his company’s Windbelts capture energy using fluttering fabric.   Air passes over a taut membrane, it induces a vibration, somewhat akin to a violin bow.   Magnets mounted on the membrane bounce back and forth between metal coils, inducing an electric current.

What makes this so way cool is that it can be put on fences in urban areas and it can be palm sized or room sized and the materials it is made from are all available right here in the good ole USA.



Scientists from Ohio State University report that marijuana, contrary to the conventional wisdom,  may help ward off Alzheimer’s and keep recall sharp. Are you kidding me? The only thing I was able to recall was where the ice cream was. Their findings, released today at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington D.C.:  chemical components  of marijuana reduce inflammation and stimulate the production of new brain cells, thereby enhancing memory. I don’t know, I’ll need more evidence before I believe this one.


two students (from MIT, of course) put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera. Instant hand warmers kept things from freezing up and made sure the batteries stayed warm enough to work.  Show this to your kids next time they whine about being bored.

Of course, all this would be pointless if the guys couldn’t find the rig when it landed, so they dropped a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone inside the box for tracking. Total cost, including duct tape? $148.  they must have giggled after they pulled this off.

earth on $148


This is my favorite story.  Click the link to see the full story.  I’m not doing this fascinating kid justice with this short introduction.

The extraordinary true story of a Malawian teenager who transformed his village by building electric windmills out of junk is the subject of a new book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Self-taught William Kamkwamba has been feted by climate change campaigners like Al Gore and business leaders the world over.

“People thought I was smoking marijuana,” he said. “So I told them I was only making something for juju [magic].’ Then they said: ‘Ah, I see.'”

william kamkwamba

I have a friend

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I have a friend (I’ll call him Jack) who  came back from Vietnam full of hate.  He hated  “gooks” and he was pretty mad at the rest of us for not understanding what he had just been through.  He explained that his job fixing the lights along the freeway seemed mundane and all the people in the cars just don’t understand the chaos and death and hate going on in the world.

We’re putting on our make-up, changing our radio stations, worrying about our mortgage payments while soldiers are dying for them.  “No one seems to care”.   He went home every night to his wife and kids and they didn’t seem to care or understand either.  He loved her and she him, but,  his wife asked him to leave because he was too angry all the time.  He found a motel room that he rented by the week.

There was also a Vietnamese refugee who was working as a cook and trying to Americanize himself living in that same motel. He was friendly and sat outside his room after work, seemingly enjoying his good fortune while Jack bemoaned his sad fate. I don’t know the details of just how it happened, but,  Jack and the Vietnamese fellow became friends and had beers together and talked and laughed.

Jack brought him to my house and introduced him to my kids.  He was hard to understand, but he was amazingly grateful and that was clear.  Jack  made fun of how he messed up the English language.  Then would teach him how to speak words correctly.  They didn’t become lifelong friends or anything like that, but, both of them had enhanced lives because they allowed each other in.

God is a much better teacher than hate.

By the way, Jack and his wife got back together and are growing old together.  He is still grumpy and unaccepting, but, not so full of hate.

knats says:

hating haters still makes you a hater.

offended by Aquafilia.


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