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Saturday, September 23, 2017

IS Our World Going To Hell In A Hand-Basket?

Sometimes, when we stop and think about some of the hard times and unrest and violence and suffering and despair and disease and all the rest of the 'negativity' our current world is going through, it is easy to draw some very 'negative conclusions', one of which is sometimes expressed using the fairly common phrase:
"The world is going to Hell in a hand-basket!"
If we think our current-evil-world is less than perfect, I think we can rest assured that we are right in that assessment, because we hear and see 'real-time' information about the entire world and all its troubles and woes and strains and stresses that threaten to tear us completely apart; when we really should be trying harder to become closer.

However, if we compare today's current-evil-world with what we know about how earlier humanity existed, we might want to rethink how that common phrase applies today (or doesn't), since we have made some "progress" in some arenas (IMhO).

For example...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Hey Google - You Owe Me 47 Cents!

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What a strange and puzzling saga. 

It's true...Google™, or, more precisely, Google Play™ owes me 47 cents, because they mistakenly deemed my Google Play music artist account there was "abandoned", and allegedly sent the meager revenues -- which had built up after months of 'nano-penny' music-streaming subscription fees for plays and/or downloads of some of my tracks -- to my home state's escheat system. 

Imagine that!?


OK, so I know this sounds a bit weird, and you might be wondering why I would bemoan such a small thing, or why my music artist account had only gleaned a mere 47 cents and appeared as though it had been 'abandoned' to whomever was responsible for making the decision to clean up such things in the Google Play system.

So what? It's only 47 cents! Give it up already!

Ahh..."therein lies the rub"...

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Amphibology - Political Correctness, Double-speak, Fakeness, or Everyday Lingo?

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Every time we converse with others, we "tailor" our conversations; generally, and specifically, right? 

In general, we decide (perhaps subconsciously?) what level of vocabulary, what depth of detail, and various other 'options' to fit the circumstances, based on our "audience".

Specifically, we decide (likely, more 'consciously') how to 'embellish' the verbal conversing - by way of particular gestures and other "body language"; eye-contact, stance, pose, smiles, grimaces, hand (and other body part) movements, and the like. 

These things we do according to our perception of exactly who we are conversing with, and perhaps which topic we are conversing about, and other similar factors.

OK, so what does this have to do with "amphibology" and the rest of the title of this posting?


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

What's In A Handshake? President Trump And Chancellor Merkel

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A couple of weeks ago, I saw some news relating to a meeting between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in Washington D.C.

Unfortunately, I cannot even say I know a thing about why they were meeting, since the small piece of news I happened to catch was primarily engaged in making commentary about what was seemingly a refusal by President Trump to shake Chancellor Merkel's hand...on camera.

As I watched the clip, I remember thinking: "This can't be real. Why would he refuse to shake hands?

But, as the camera ran, the scene did appear to become a bit "awkward", as evidenced by 'light talk', facial expression, and body language...even by Angela Merkel.

Oh yeah...what was that meeting about again?? Hmmm...

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Editor's update 4/12/17: Revised title and other references to "Prime Minister", as Angela Merkel's title is "Chancellor" of Germany. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

President Trump's First Speech To Congress - How GREAT Was It?

Well,I watched an online version of President Trump's speech to Congress, and I cannot say I am overly "thrilled", nor am I overly "disappointed". 

I thought it was more or less "par for the course" in overall context, given some of the things we've experienced with his unique style already, except his tone was definitely much more "Presidential" and he was 'engaging'...(IMhO).

I thought President Trump gave a very heart-felt speech (which he alluded to early on, and I think he means it); filled with his typical positive and forward-looking hopes to 

"Make America Great Again!"
While some things Mr. Trump spoke about actually made me "cringe", some other things made me "smile", so I have to conclude that I, personally, felt as though he was genuine, even if I do not agree with all of his tactics and policies.

I actually made notes as I was listening to and watching President Trump give his speech, with an ear for some things I can latch onto that I am confident might actually contribute to making America great again, and I'd like to comment here on the "highlights" I jotted down...for what it's worth. 

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Eight Billionaires Own More Than 3.6 Billion Poorest People?

Well, it's out there. The data has been collected and analyzed, and it turns out it is apparently True (yes, with a capital "T") that just eight (8) of the world's wealthiest people actually have more collective worth than three billion, six hundred million of the poorest people on the planet. This means that the 3.6 Billion poorest people own the equivalent of less than $120 each. 

That's right...
$426B / 3.6B = $118.33 
per person.
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 I hardly know what else to say. I can't begin to try understanding it all, because it goes against so much of what I (personally) hold as 'near and dear', regarding things like "haves and have nots", and how skewed things seem to be these days.

So, is this "fair"? Is this "equitable"? Are our economic systems and governing rules somehow that far out of touch with real world issues and problems, to allow things to become so 'broken', where so many are (seemingly) 'ignored' and are given few "breaks", while so few are (seemingly) 'pampered' and are given more "breaks" than the 'little-people'?

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Fake News? What About Fake Everything?

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Well, we've been hearing a lot lately about "fake news", haven't we? I mean, Facebook™ and other big-influence entities have sworn to fight fake news, to the point they are (seemingly) willing to work at banning it altogether, thereby also giving up any ad-revenues those things might draw in.

I am certainly in favor of getting rid of what I perceive as "fake news"; those sidebar ads that have those "shocking" headlines designed to draw in "clickers", which, of course, pays ad-revenue. 

Somehow, it seems a lot like "sucker-bait"; ok, I guess I must be a 'sucker', right? Me, and a whole lot of other folks.

But, there's much more to this whole idea of "fakeness", in my (humble) opinion. I think we're living in a time (and culture/society) in which we've become so wrapped up in "fakeness" in so many venues and on so many levels...that we're spinning out of control, y'know?