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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Ratz! I Was Hoping Donald Trump Would Not Stoop To "Politics-As-Usual" Tactics!

Gee...I think I am sadly disappointed that Donald Trump has begun to show signs that he, too, is stooping to the same low practices that politicians have been using for decades to try to sling mud and dirt at the rest of the 'running flock' of candidates.

The campaign strategists probably know there's no way to avoid this kind of practice, since it has been in use for so long, and the rest of the campaign community uses it quite freely.

But I was really hoping The Donald might have enough positivity and forward-thinking political strategy that he would not have to ever stoop to these ugly practices, that, in my (humble) opinion, only serve to demonstrate just how 'childish' and foolish that some of our so-called "leaders" can really be, when they want something strongly enough, y'know?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Why Do We Insist On Building Walls - Instead Of Bridges?

It sometimes seems like many regions of our world are becoming more and more 'isolated', with countries building walls and fences between certain factions of society and certain cultural or economic disparities that accentuate one region's prosperity over a neighboring region's poverty.

Case in point, USA vs. Mexico. We know the U.S. is more prosperous in an overall sense, and has numerous government assistance programs, modern healthcare, minimum wage and labor protection laws, and much more.

Mexico, unfortunately, is not so prosperous, apparently; else the number of border-crossing-illegal-immigrants would not be what it is. Most are seeking "a better life", where they (presumably) can earn much more than what they can earn at home...not to mention all the 'programs', right? the right answer really to build impenetrable walls and spend countless billions monitoring, maintaining, and otherwise managing all the goings on that such walls require?

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Paris - City Of Love?

It is extremely difficult to think of Paris, France as the "City of Love" right now, because it is clearly anything but that, with the horrific terrorism the entire world is observing, and, in a very real way, living through it along with the people who are most closely impacted.

Nothing we can think or say or do can reverse what has been done, and nothing we can think, say, or do can guarantee nothing like this will ever happen again...

Except LOVE...the very thing Paris, France is most fondly regarded and remembered for. The very thing the world seeks guidance from Paris for. 

The very thing that 'romanticists' everywhere reflect upon when describing the power of true, positive, emotional, 'spiritual' energy at work.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Kudos To Lady Gaga - Just Saying "NO"!

Lady Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) recently gave a speech at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, for what is known as the Emotion Revolution project. In her talk, she spoke of feeling her passion and creativity were 'taking a back seat', and she felt like just a 'money machine' for the industry (etc.?).

I must say, I AM impressed and even feel sorry for Lady Gaga; as she delivered her heartfelt words about her life in the 'limelight' being something she felt was 'shallow' and 'communicating lies'. She talked, too, of feeling so much better, once she began to think and care for herself, by 'putting her happiness before her career'.

At one point, apparently, Lady Gaga even considered quitting, but once she began saying "NO" to some of the things she felt might jeopardize her happiness, she decided to continue.

Does this mean we might begin to see a whole new Lady Gaga?

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Do You Typically "Degust" Your Meals?

I can't help but think that I have been guilty of "degusting" my meals, or snacks, or drinks. 

Although I don't think I degust things as a general rule, I must say there have been times.

Surely, when we degust our meals (etc.), we can often find benefit in doing so, if we are paying enough attention to things. 

The items we degust can become somewhat 'different' in some ways, since the practice lends itself to having the power to alter our opinions about some of the things we degust.

Do YOU typically degust your meals (etc.)?

Are You A "Comminatory" Individual?

I like to think that I am not too "comminatory", although it is probably not up to me to decide, since the term is one which is most likely to be used by others, perhaps in reference to me...maybe?

While I do not think of myself as 'comminatory', I must admit that there might be some things about me that others could think are representative of that. 

Sometimes we just don't know what others might think, of course...and this is one word that I hope I can avoid, at least with respect to how I might appear to others.

What about YOU? Are YOU a "comminatory" individual?

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Have You Ever Had A "Cacoethes"?

There are times when we all experience "cacoethes", in my (humble) opinion. Indeed, even the thing I have chosen to do in this particular blog post here at "Just Saying My Piece!" is, perhaps, an example of a cacoethes of sorts. 

I have decided that some of the words I have been writing about lately should probably be accompanied by at least some means of help with the pronunciation of them, since some of them are not what I would call 'readily-pronounceable' without some help, y'know?

Even this word, "cacoethes", is one which is not 'readily-pronounceable' for me, though I'm not just sure why that is. My first attempt to pronounce it would probably be something like: "kaa-ko-ee'-this" (hmmm...hopefully, that's pronounceable! - here we go!).

So, it's sometimes difficult to pick up the 'phonetics' of some words, thus, my decision to do more about pronunciation in some of these "weird word" blog posts of mine...which, as you'll (hopefully) see, is one example of what 'cacoethes' actually means.

Are You A Victim Of "Bruxism"?

It is thought that from 50 to 96 percent of all adults experience 'bruxism', and roughly 15 percent of children, as well. 

It is not necessarily life-threatening, but 'bruxism' can become otherwise problematic at times.

Are you a victim? Are you subject to the sometimes annoying, sometimes damage-causing, and most-times frustrating plight of 'bruxism'?

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Medicare - My Letter to President Obama

I am really not very impressed at some things I've learned about Medicare, including a website that could use some 'user-interface' updating, in my (humble) opinion...but that is another story.

My biggest gripe right now with Medicare is that the system does not accept any "alternative medicine" venues, leaving folks to rely only on the 'conventional' or 'traditional' medicine venues covered by the programs.

There is a lot of information available today which is rapidly growing more and more popular, within the realm of "health care"; information that tells us that 'conventional' or 'traditional' medicine is not the only thing that "works", and, in some circumstances, 'alternative' medicine is actually a better overall choice, considering all aspects of both scenarios.

Without going into too many specifics, I think we all know just how 'risky' some of 'conventional' or 'traditional' medicine can be in some situations. Suffice it to say that not all healing power lies with those methods, in my (humble) opinion.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Are Some Congressional Hearings Examples of 'Bullying'?

I have watched my share of Congressional Hearings, and I am very often shocked at some of the tactics being displayed by some of our elected officials.

Without fail, there are always some on the 'committee' with sheer hatred and disgust in their expressions; in their eyes, in their wrinkled foreheads, in their demeaning glares, and even in their finger-pointing at times.

Is this really what we should expect from our government? What about the example for children who might be watching? 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Is The Volkswagen™ Software Thing Just One Of Many Similar Things?

Well, most likely everyone's heard about how Volkswagen™ was caught in a rather embarrassing and certainly 'shady' kind of issue with the alleged software 'cheats' designed to make some VW (diesel) vehicles appear better than they really are, when it comes to emissions tests. 

Apparently, the software somehow allows for the vehicles to pass (US) 'laboratory tests', but Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions are said to be about 40 times higher when driving on the road. 
Wikipedia - Volkswagen Scandal.

This issue is still 'pending', as far as the fallout and all that VW will likely face because of it, but the whole idea of using software to 'tweak' certain functionality within products is an idea that is perhaps far too tempting for companies (or "rogue employees"?) NOT to have thought about, or even to have done the same thing, y'know?

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Have You Ever Had To "Absquatulate"?

There have been times when I have had to 'absquatulate', and I suspect most folks have had to do that at times, as well. 

The need arises most unexpectedly in most cases, and it soon becomes apparent that 'absquatulation' is the only logical solution to the particular need at hand.

In certain circumstances, for one to 'absquatulate' could be considered by others as being 'rude' or 'inconsiderate' or otherwise offensive, especially if they don't understand why it is necessary to 'absquatulate' in the first place, y'know?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Are All Politicians Just "Blatherskites"?

Let's face it, many or most of us have our own opinions about politicians in general, and there are likely a number of similarities between our collective thoughts and ideas on the topic.

Politicians have been around for a long time, and it almost seems as though many of us have become "numbed" to some of the common practices and tactics we observe and experience, most especially during election year campaigns.

I must say, I do think many politicians today are, indeed, "blatherskites", and I think this term says it all, don't you?

Do You Ever Have "Borborygmus" At The Most INopportune Times?

Sometimes, when I least expect, and when I least want "borborygmus" to occur, it happens anyway. 

Yes, that old 'borborygmus' seems to know just when I would become most displeased and most unhappy that it should decide to happen.

I often wonder if there's any way to control one's 'borborygmus', and I'm sure there are some things one can do about it, but it still seems to 'have a mind of its own', if you know what I mean.

When 'borborygmus' strikes, unfortunately, it is not easy to hide from others, either, so it becomes a sure source of embarrassment and can lead to some pretty touchy scenarios and circumstances, y'know?

Oh No! Am I Guilty of "Argle-Bargle"?

Yikes! This journey of mine into some of the 'weird words' might become problematic for me if I learn things which cause me to think some of them are describing myself in negative ways!

I found "argle-bargle" in the Oxford Dictionaries™ 'weird and wonderful words' category, and had to stop and think, for sure. It made me wonder if I might, indeed, be guilty of it in some of my blogs or other communications.

So, now I've hinted that 'argle-bargle' has something to do with communications; written, spoken, other? 

Do You Think of Yourself as "Argute"?

Are you "argute"? I like to think I am, but I know I am surely not always 'argute', I'm afraid.

Well, I might be on a roll here with the word kicks, because I find that my brain seems to like "weird words" for some reason. 

When our children were still home, we used to play various word games like Scrabble™, Boggle™, Balderdash™, and others.

Balderdash™ is a fun game that capitalizes on weird words. There's literally hundreds of cards with weird words, and the object is to try to bluff other players by creating your own definitions for the words. Of course, when they are read aloud during the game play, there's much laughter and a high level of giddiness.

So, I began looking into some more "weird words", and came across the word "argute", which is a word I seldom (if ever) hear, let alone use in conversation or written works.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Have You Ever Been "Flummoxed"?

Sometimes, strange words pop into my mind for no apparent reason, and when that happens, I'm driven to look up the word for proper definition, because usually I don't really know what the word means when it pops up.

Recently, the word "flummoxed" popped into my brain; and, while I had a sense for what it means, I wasn't really sure, so I had to look it up. According to Google™, it means "bewildered or perplexed"...pretty much what I thought, so I lucked out on that one.

So, to be "flummoxed" means to be bewildered. Have you ever been bewildered? I know I have...far too often, quite frankly. It also means to be perplexed...and I know I've been there, too.  

I have to conclude, then, that I, personally, have definitely been "flummoxed"!  How about you?

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