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April 19, 2017
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I was in South Carolina when a guy on the radio said anytime they split the screen, putting talking heads in separate boxes, he changes the channel before they start screaming at each other. I never understood the Springer factor and hope I never do, so I'll make no effort. One dood, who challenged Fox' agenda during the 2016 election, got "taken down" by Tucker. He said later that when he got put in his box, the timing of the host's questions was delayed so when he started to answer he'd be talking over the host. It is a shame. Me mum used to like Tucker because she said he leaned libertarian. I wasn't around TV's a whole lot then. That was when Sean Hannity used to read my mind we were so aligned on the Constitution, personal liberty, laissez-faire economics, etc.

Frankly, I'm glad to see Fox blow up. They turned their back on conservativism to support an authoritarian at any cost. They were not a news station, but along with other operatives at the conventions, etc., were shillers for a whimsical authoritarian. I remain an unhappy camper. In fact, I had to call for ecclesiastical help when that certain person won his party's nomination. So many conservatives played out the story found in Mark 4. It was unreal. It wasn't supposed to be able to happen here and all. At least the Cato Institute hasn't lost its mind and sold out. [APPLAUSE]

As for the boss, he will go with whatever Rush and Fox tell him; and I've heard him tell people I agree with him. I keep my mouth shut, which makes me a little Nazi, I suppose. I mean, when these gorgeous babes with big hair and long legs cackle about how amazing the stupidity of the god-emperor is; who's going to listen to the uninformed opinions of the hired help? Using pretzel logic to veer back on subject, the recurring vision is that illustrated at the end of the Planet of the Apes - Charlton Heston on the beach coming upon the buried monument to liberty. I can't repeat what he said, and you shouldn't, either; but I thought people had stronger convictions is all.

April 20, 2017
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I think O'Reilly has grounds for age discrimination lawsuit. The mere accusations of sexual harassment were used as an excuse. Chickens***s

I loath all talking heads, especially when they repeat (violently and toxic-ally) the same boring debate over and over and it won't matter anyway in another year

Hannity is outstanding with the Constitution, I agree. But he beats the same dead horse that Rush does. I stopped listening to Rush's rants long ago; usually Hannity is in the same category.

I would like to know the 50 companies who pulled their ads from The Factor so I could avoid buying them.

I think that the old fashioned "Man's Man" which is probably a blank spot in the cybermatter of most brains, is often mistaken for sexual harassment, simply because it involves strong willed (yet honorable) men. Trump, O'Reilly are two men in this category. The Moody Blues are Men's Men too. All I can do is shrug and say "Oh Well"....... in a word, if you don't get it, you don't get it. Blank spots.

I HAVE been sexually harassed. It's a lot more subtle, pervasive and hurtful than a dude inviting you to his hotel room, believe me.

April 20, 2017
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Earlier this morning, I was recalling an encounter with a state-level politician. I could not believe how absolutely stupid he was. Time passed, and it turns out he's one of my boss' friends. He is also a university professor. He was not stupid, he was just talking down to my level of stupidity.

The point is, how wonderful would governance be if we could admit we're all sinners and move on to optimizing policies for liberating the oppressed, etc.? But that won't happen as long as a percentage of the population earns that spike on their Minnesota Multiphase (who knows what R) for megalomania. Such are necessarily attracted to seats of power and so it goes.

I know it is rude, mingling threads again, to wish to sit in a fragrant field of beautiful flowers every day while you go out and kill to defend my right to do so. But as the hackneyed parlance goes, this is a false dichotomy. we can all retire to the meadow. Then, our last thought might be the way the light danced off a delicate, tiny pink flower - rather than suffering years of PTSD.

Peace and love, Baby.

April 20, 2017
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I never fired a gun in my life... you got the wrong person there!!! I mostly rely on my pithy debate skills when faced with an enemy. I've been very well behaved around you so far.

I know; once in a while dudes try to talk down to me. It's always quite amusing, generally I just go around them, because their problem is obvious to anyone with a grain of horse sense. Besides when you listen to even special kids, or kindergarteners, you sometime learn something you've never thought of before. Me a huge egoist? Yep probably. LaughLaugh Which is why I gravitated to a job that allows me to push small children around and bully them.

I forget the physics genius who said it, but his comment was "If you can't explain your theories to the children playing out in the street, you're faking it".... my head got a little scrambled reading about Quantum physics last night.... general relativity all that. I must read it again, I was half asleep and it gave me weird dreams. I even solved the Riddle of Death during my insomniac attack last night. A very weird vision indeed.

April 20, 2017
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I agree with said physicist.

When I taught, I liked to push my students, too. I was a slave driver, but I tried to make it all fun. I considered myself an entertainer, and as a physics teacher, I got to lots of fun "magic" tricks. I also considered myself a slave driver. I would give no multiple-choice tests - only problems to solve and essay questions to get them thinking about why any of this mattered. Then, they'd have home projects. We were running behind one year, so I gave them their states of matter unit projects to do when they all went to Myrtle Beach for the holiday. It was fun. Usually, I gave them options, one of which would be really embarrassing if they didn't want to think. Some opted to go that way, and it would be so funny. I remember at one school, one of the nuns came to see why people were shrieking in my class. Because physics is fun!

I used to haul all the papers around in a suitcase, because no briefcase was going to hold them all. That was before rollerboards.

Anyway, what I did to push the kids was I would give them tests that were so hard, the top scorer would probably get maybe 80 percent correct. There is always one genius, so I would take the top scorer out and give them their A+. Then, I would curve everybody else without them. It worked amazingly well. At one school, I was told I was the only physics teacher they'd had who hadn't gotten any complaints from the parents.

One summer, I worked with latchkey kids. They all loved to hold the teacher's hands, and sometimes there weren't enough hands to go around. I told one little guy he could hold my foot since he came in third, and he did as we took a walk on a nature trail. Anyway, we were out on the playground one day, and there I was again pushing the little darlings (They really were very darling.) to the limit. I was holding hands and gradually working up the speed at which we were running. Then, poor little Alligator went down. Her name was Allison, but that is what her dad called her when he came to pick her up. I made her cry. She skinned her knee. I felt so bad. But, to my utter astonishment, Dad wasn't mad, and Allison remained sweet as ever. That was before everybody sued everybody, too.

And back to "visions," while in college, I would hallucinate after pulling all-nighters. I remember the first time, I saw a fish net on the blackboard. I also would have the impression that I was solving the world's great social problems with the equations from the day's math lecture. Of course, I could never remember any of those great insights after I had a little sleep, and I never bothered to write them down, so I chalk them all up to ... hallucination.

April 22, 2017
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Walking the EVO! this morning, in addition to the normal underwear, wrappers, syringes, and other litter - I saw a boomerang in the gutter. If I weren't so crazy, I'd be connecting dots, projecting causality on the spurious, like all the sane people. A veritable schizophrenic omen made doubly diagnosable by the use of the exclamation point!

Actually, this is not your normal litter gutter. I once found a perfectly good potato there. I looked for signs of contamination and, finding none, assumed some kid must have launched it from a potato gun, and ate it.

April 23, 2017
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I had a weak dream last night, the usual of trying to get a better seat for a show when Justin never shows up.

April 23, 2017
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I had a weak dream last night, the usual of trying to get a better seat for a show when Justin never shows up.

April 24, 2017
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I woke up from a good dream this morning, but immediately forgot it. Nice story about teaching. I enjoy teaching all right for all the above reasons, but I'm also looking forward to June to go on vacation. Whew! summertime summertime....

Yes a serious lack of sleep will bring on hallucinations. Star Trek even did an episode on that.... we all need some dream and REM time or we get weird.

April 25, 2017
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two moments worth mentioning..... last night ALL new ST: Voyager episodes were on, final season and I stayed up too late (11 pm) watching those. Grabbed a quick shower with hair wash during a very long commercial break. Those were wonderful ... the design and conception were really at their best that final year. I went to bed happy, alarm set for 5 am so I could get to work in good time.

At 4:30 my Tomcat decided I needed to get up and feed him. Hosed out of a half hour of sleep! Much bad catting, yelling, throwing soft things at him.... grrrrr

Last night my Facebook told me Arlo Guthrie was in my home town! Experienced stalker that I am, I was very tempted to go downtown and stalk him through the bars... anyway he has time off and made TWO posts.... one was a little personal (the Guthrie's share their tragedy, no sense in hiding it) but it reflected my own feelings about the day... similar memories to mine... it was an odd coincidence, brought on by the vibes of my strange town. It was visions and memories. Reminded me why I like the guy's music so much. Show tomorrow night, 10 min drive from my house. Bless Arlo for actually talking to his fans, even if it is on FB. And, they brought good weather with them. May they have a nice rest here in Kitsap.

April 27, 2017
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Guthrie was good. Go see him, anyone reading, if you find the time.

I had a weird dream night before last... it involved birds, and I was poking through this really messy tree, part brown part growing. This kiwi (yes the flightless bird) was sitting in the tree.... I poked a cautious finger at him, and he was nibbling my finger as I woke up. Funny looking kiwi, he had a purple beak and it blended back into his brown feathers.

November 7, 2017
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I had three dreams of late that I was invading Justin's personal space, trying to talk to him and stuff. I was really enjoying it, but too NPD to see how I was annoying him. Then, a couple nights ago, I was on a deadline and drowsy, so I set the alarm for about an hour ahead and took a nap. The alarm went off, and I hit snooze - twice! I was dreaming luna had driven me down to Atlanta for a concert. It was over, and she was going to drive me back to my parents' home, when it dawned on me this was Atlanta! I knew where the buses would be. I broke ranks and started searching for the stage exit. I went through an airport, a food court, a train station, a college campus - every business imaginable - trying to find the buses. I woke up with the alarm, and despite the deadline, my brain was saying, "No! I've got to find him before he leaves!" So, I hit the snooze, rolled over, and continued the dream through this place and that. As close as I came was a photo op, for one fan who wasn't me, so I couldn't go that way, but trying to get another angle set me off through another city of scenes, it seemed. I did this again. I eventually got to work, not knowing how it ended or anything.

November 7, 2017
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Chuckle, I had a morning like that .... laid down to snooze just a little with the lights on (that will wake me I thought) and ran about 5 min late. I like Atlanta, maybe we should do it sometime. I'm honing for a visit to North Carolina now. All my ancestry is leading back to Beaufort, NC no idea why.

I dreamed the Internet had interfaced with my dreams not long ago, it was all one grand landscape. Rather enjoyable. I need to watch the second Tron all the way through I think.

This goes here perhaps. Super exciting news about A Wrinkle in Time

http://read.macmillan.com/mcpg.....1250153272

November 8, 2017
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I had a colleague, a graphic designer, who chuckled one day. She said she had fallen asleep at her desk, and her cursor became a gay guy and something else on the screen was a bunch of people who were vindictively chasing him to torment him. In college when I would pull all-nighters, I'd get tremendous insights into social issues from whatever we were discussing in math class. I never remembered anything and suspected the epiphany was but fiction. Trying to become relevant, Justin spoke about something similar recently.

Beaufort is on the other side of the state. It would be as close to my home as Bend, Oregon is to you.

November 8, 2017
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I know. Beaufort maybe was a smuggler's cove... I'm wondering.

Ever see the movie *A Fine Mind*? That scared me. I've had those moments. I went chasing the Hawkins family last night, and had one of those moments. There were a LOT of Hawkins in early America. I'm starting to see social patterns in the family trees....

Glad you're feeling better. All seems well here too.

November 9, 2017
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The swelling has gone down in the wrist enough to see some bones are seriously in the wrong places, but the fingers work, so I can't complain. I was joking with Mr. Bill's housekeeper about how I totally wiped out a big portion of my future with that blow (i.e., there are no lines for a palm reader on about 20% of that hand). The jokes continue.

I had a good dream last night, but I'm only remembering it in fragments.

November 12, 2017
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Please go get your hand looked at. I don't know what your cash flow is, but they will knock it down seriously depending on your income level. Been there done that. It could get worse, and could impact your ability as a musician. You wouldn't want that.

Everything can be paid for in medical, you just need to work with them.

November 13, 2017
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I don't think anybody has ever considered me a musician, so there's nothing to lose on that account. Thank goodness for computers, though, as my writing is rather wiggly.

November 15, 2017
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Gangrene could set in. ConfusedEmbarassedFrown

November 16, 2017
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Nah. It wasn't a compound fracture. The nauseating stage is past. I'm still semi-hopeful the bone will snap back where it belongs, but everything's functioning, so I shouldn't complain. Thanks for your concern, though. That's super sweet.

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